Simple + Homemade Playdough Recipe

Flash’s preschool gave us this fantastic playdough recipe, and I love making it with the boys! It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. It has a VERY long shelf life. Just remember to trash it if the kids are sick.


  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 c salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 c water
  • food coloring (all it needs is a few drops, but have fun with it)
Mix all the ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Stir until think (about four minutes). Remove from the heat. Knead it when it’s warm. If it feels sticky just add some flour. Store it in an airtight container. If you want to give it a marbled look, add the food coloring drops (of various colors) at the end and don’t mix it too much.
Have fun!