Homemade Playdough (No Cream of Tartar Needed!)

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Yes, I know that there are about a gazillion recipes floating around the internet for homemade playdough, ranging in variety from edible to almost store bought, but I still thought that I would like to share the one of the recipes that I use on a regular basis.

It is completely non toxic, so it’s especially great for toddlers or children who still might be inclined to put their creations in their mouths. πŸ™‚  It also is super easy and takes hardly any time at all.  I mixed up five colors in less than thirty minutes.

All you need are a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry:

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 teaspoons white vinegar
food coloring
(I also added some glitter to the dough)

Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and stir constantly over medium heat until…

it all clumps together like so:

Remove from heat and knead for just a few minutes to incorporate it all together nicely.

Rinse and repeat as many times as you want with different colors!

Let the kids dig in!

This is fun!

Store in an airtight container and it will last for months! πŸ™‚

There you have it.  Easy, cheap, and loads of fun!
 

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Dusty is a work at home, homeschooling mother of four and has been married to the love of her life, a Southern gentleman, for 10 years. She is trying to find her own path in this great wide world while devouring chocolate and leaning on the Lord.

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  2. This is a great recipe and it cuts down on cost- the cream of tartar can be expensive. I do have a question on your instructions- What do you mean by the phrase”rinse…” Do you mean we have to rinse the dough? Or do you mean to rinse the pan before making new colors? That makes sense but I thought maybe you had a new twist to making the dough!!

  3. Hmm, tried this tonight. First attempt at making playdough at all, but it didn’t clump so nicely? It was becoming hard in parts while still being really soft in others and the hard parts were getting pretty firm so I took it out. Did I chicken out too fast? Should I have cooked it longer? Can it be overcooked? It did come together pretty well but did need more flour kneaded in. Thoughts?

    Can’t wait to let the boy at it tomorrow!

  4. Hmm, tried this tonight. First attempt at making playdough at all, but it didn’t clump so nicely? It was becoming hard in parts while still being really soft in others and the hard parts were getting pretty firm so I took it out. Did I chicken out too fast? Should I have cooked it longer? Can it be overcooked? It did come together pretty well but did need more flour kneaded in. Thoughts?

    Can’t wait to let the boy at it tomorrow!

    • Hmm. I didn’t really have a problem with anything getting hard unless I left it in too long(as in I stopped stirring it to go help a child and left it in the pot for several minutes without stirring). I think you need to aim for it to mostly not have any liquid parts still, but not necessarily hard. I found that even when the center was still slightly moist, once I removed it from the heat and kneaded it, the problem was solved. Maybe lower the heat you cooked it over as well and cook it more slowly? Let me know how it turns out and I can try to give more suggestions!

  5. This was so easy and my son loved it. My husband and I even had fun playing with it. My first batch didnt come out either but I read some of the other comments and quickly realized the heat was too high. All the batches after i turned the heat down a little came out perfect.

  6. My first batch had white clumps in it and didnt turn out well. After reading other replies i quickly realized the heat was too high so I turned it down and started a new batch. The next 4 batches I did came out perfectly. We all had a great time playing with it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I’m so glad that I found your recipe! I was hoping to find a recipe that didn’t use cream of tartar. This was so easy and now I have a nice batch of playdough.

  8. Ugh! It turned out great, put it in a plastic container and opened it several days later and it is the consistency of frosting! What the heck? Any suggestions?

  9. I don’t have food coloring. Can I use kool aid powder or thin paint as seen in other recipes with yours?

  10. Worked perfectly first try. I used 2 packs of kool-aid for color.

  11. awesome recipe my daycare kids loved it

  12. Anonymous says:

    Does it have to be vegetable oil, or can I use canola?

  13. do I have to use vinager

  14. Anonymous says:

    CAn you use any type of vinegar? I have apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar.

  15. I literally just made 6 batches and my kid and her friends are having a blast!

  16. Jess Fournelle says:

    I tried this recipe and unfortunately mine came our super sticky!! I added almost another whole cup of flour gradually and still sticky!!! This has also happened with several other recipes I have tried, What am I doing wrong???? πŸ™

  17. Would it still work if I doubled or tripled the recipe?

  18. I just used your recipe because I ran out of cream of tartar. Saw that you used vinegar, this was so much easier to make than other recipes I found. Got it right on the first try,but I skipped the part about adding food coloring with the other ingredients. So I ended up kneading in the food coloring,which took forever. But second go around was a lot easier. Since our theme this month is Christmas, I did red (cinnamon) and green (mint) scented playdough. Can’t wait for the kids to try it out, thanks again for the post.

  19. Thanks for the recipe! My toddler LOVED this. Do you mind specifying to “rinse the PAN,” for people like me who are sometimes much much too literal? Haha…I totally rinsed the dough and you can imagine how well that turned out! :p

  20. Thanks a lot for the recipe. I stay in India and here play dough is v. expensive and we do not get cream of tartar. I tried many versions before,but most of them turned out to be sticky. My kids loved this play dough. Thanks once again.

  21. Melissa says:

    The playdough turned out awesome! My kids loved it :). I used Safflower oil because that’s all I had on had and it turned out great. Also, I added some lavender essential oil to make it smell good, but you could add whatever oil you had on hand. I tripled the recipe so there was enough for all the kids and it worked.

  22. Can you use other types of vinegar, like cider or malt or wine vinegar?? I just ran out of white and don’t want to go to shop. =)

    • I’m sure that those would work, just be aware that the smells from the vinegars may be more strong in the playdough.

      • Hey thanks… I did go ahead and use white wine vinegar…just added a few drops of peppermint oil and it was superb.
        didn’t need to change any ratios to the recipe came out fantastic!! awesome recipe thanks. =) we shall be playing with again today.

  23. I normally don’t comment on these posts but I have to say this play dough was so inexpensive, fast and easy to make! I didn’t have vegetable oil but olive oil worked really well! I also used a jello packet for food coloring and scent! The only extra things I needed was a little extra flour during the kneading proceeds!

  24. yasmine says:

    Hi… i did the recipe and it was wonderful i placed it over night in a plastic bag in the fridge to find it next day very sticky. I tried to add flour it didnt work, i tried to cook it again but also didnt work. I added oil and still very very sticky. What went wrong that i can prevent next time?

  25. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! Do you know if it would turn out ok if you double or triple the recipe when you make it?

  26. Hi…I did the recipe and it was nice for a couple of days then it become sticky. I tried to add flour but it didn’t work. I did put the playdough in a sealable plastic bag and in an air tight container. Any ideas as why it’s sticky after a few days?

  27. Love love love this recipie!! My first time ever making playdoh and it turnex out great and was soo easy!! Thanks for sharing kids loved it!

  28. Absolutely love this!!!! I followed your instructions exactly which were extremely easy and we are on day 2 of playing with this. I’ve never left a comment on someone’s blog but, I’ve also never found something I could make so easy, inexpensive, in a short amount of time with things already in my pantry and it keep our kids entertained for more than 10 minutes (literally) which seems to be a task if it’s not an electronic….everyone here also prefers the way this playdoh feels more than the old playdoh that we used to buy from the store….thank you again for sharing this!!!!

  29. I use this all the time with the kids I babysit for. I love your recipe because playdough was the only thing I ever used cream of tartar for so it seem silly to keep. On the other hand, I use white vinegar for everything. I clean my whole house with it.
    One question, I feel like I lose a lot because it sticks to the sides even when I constantly scrape the sides. I notice you’re using a non stick pan. Do you think that is the difference?

  30. Caan i use Apple cider vinegar bc i don’t have any white vinegar?

  31. I found this recipe too runny. Wouldn’t use it again.

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