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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Best DIY Playdough Recipe

I swear I've probably made playdough about a hundred times but I never made cooked playdough until recently. Although making cooked playdough can be a bit tricky and if you aren't paying close attention you can burn the hell out of it (oops), the final result should be the best playdough you have ever used!

I choose to make playdough because my son puts absolutely everything in his mouth and for some strange reason he enjoys eating disgusting things like sand and well even homemade playdough (Yuck!). This way I can let him play and don't need to worry if he tries, or even if he succeeds in eating it, because it is non-toxic. It's also cheap, fast and easy to make. And if you keep in in the refrigerator it will last forever! Ok, probably not forever but it will give you a good run.

So how do you make it? Well my friends, look no further than this post (or ah- hem, the back of your McKenzies Cream of Tartar container)!


-2 cups plain flour
-4 tbs cream of tartar
-2 tbs cooking oil
-1 cup of salt (or more if trying to deter your toddler from eating it!)
-food colouring
-2 cups water

-Mix the ingredients in a saucepan, stir over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture congeals.
-Let cool and keep in the refrigerator when not in use

Do you have any other playdough recipes that you swear by? Leave me a comment or link it up to Tot Tuesdays this week.


  1. Aw man, memories. My mom used to make me batches of this home made play dough and I loved the HELL out of it. Also, a sharp memory comes back to me- leaving the playdough in the play-kitchen stove until it molded. Then checking it and seeing a caring mom cleaned it away without complaining. Ah, childhood...

    Thanks for the memory, I've no children but I might make this with my nieces.

  2. I make an 'ice cream' play dough and include aromas using vanilla essence / peppermint oil - a great way to include the sense of smell to sensory play, and still OK if they eat a bit! The recipe is here http://nurturestore.co.uk/vanilla-scented-ice-cream-playdough

  3. Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely be trying out some "fancier" types of playdough when my son is a bit older and eats less of it! :)

  4. oh wow!!! You are my kind of mom. I totally just bookmarked this. LOVE love LOVE this!!!! I really want to have this kind of schedule. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  5. I've got a no-cook recipe:

    1/2 cup salt
    2 tbps oil
    1 tbps cream of tartar (optional - helps it keep longer)
    2 cups hot water
    4 cups flour (approx. I add 2 cups, mix, and then add flour until I like the feel of it.)

    food colouring, non-toxic dye, or non-toxic powder paint

    mix salt, cream of tartar, oil and water. Add food colouring or dye. Mix in flour. Knead until pliable.

    If you're using powder paint, add it after you've kneaded the dough.

    For added texture, mix in glitter, sand, or sawdust.

    Add smell with peppermint, lavender, citrus, almond, whatever.



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