The BEST homemade playdough recipe

There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today!
There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today! Truth: I have never bought playdough for my kids…and yet, it’s one of their favorite toys. How is that even possible? It’s because I have an awesome homemade playdough recipe that is just as good (or better) than the name brand stuff at the store and about a gazillion times cheaper. 

Now, I’ve tried lots of playdough recipes over the years, but I keep coming back to the same one. I found it on We Love Being Moms a couple of years ago (it’s their favorite out of 10 recipes they experimented with), and it’s stood the test of time for me as well. I’ve made probably close to a dozen batches in the last three years (including this pumpkin spice version), and it’s practically perfect in every way.

WHY is it the best play dough?

  1. It’s not greasy. I hate when play dough leaves my hands or my table feeling gross from too much oil.
  2. It lasts forever. Most homemade playdough I’ve made dries out too quickly and I end up throwing it away after a few days. But this stuff is still good as new 6 months later. As long as you store it in a zippered bag (and squeeze the extra air out), it will last 6-12 months!
  3. It’s super cheap. Flour, water, salt & oil. All easy, low-cost ingredients. The only thing you may have to go to the store for is cream of tartar, and that’s certainly not going to break the bank. (Tip: I buy cream of tartar in the bulk spice section of Sprouts, and it’s cheaper than buying the bottle at the grocery store.)
  4. It only takes 5 minutes. Now, you do have to cook this recipe on the stove, but it’s so fast. Literally, you just dump everything in a pot, stir & cook until it forms a ball, and knead it a bit to smooth it out. And…done!

Convinced? Here’s how to make it:

The BEST homemade playdough

There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today!

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 C Water
  • 1/4 C Salt
  • 1 T Vegetable Oil
  • 2 t Cream of Tarter
  • Food Coloring (4 drops-ish)

Directions:

  1. Dump all ingredients in a pot. Order doesn’t matter (yay!).
  2. Stir everything together until it’s mostly uniform.
  3. Turn stove on to medium heat, and stir constantly until the dough begins to solidify and form a ball in the middle of the pot.
  4. Carefully (it WILL be hot), remove the play dough to a cutting board (or I just slapped it down on my granite counter top). Knead until smooth and cool enough for little hands to touch.
  5. Play away!
Do you have a favorite playdough recipe?
There are tons of homemade playdough recipes out there, but this one is truly the BEST playdough recipe. Just like store-bought and it lasts forever. Make it today!

13 thoughts on “The BEST homemade playdough recipe

  1. I’ve never used cream of tartar or oil in mine and it always dries out! Definitely need to give this a try. Now to go get some cream of tartar from the store. Good excuse to make snicker doodles!

    1. Yeah, cream of tartar is the only thing I sometimes run out of, but I’ve started buying it from the bulk spice bins (way cheaper), and so I keep a good supply on hand now. And, yes, this playdough really does stay super soft!

    1. Oooh, I love the idea of using Kool-aid. I made a pumpkin spice version in the fall that smelled great, so I’d love to make another good-smelling version. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m going to try this! I’ve been hesitant to do playdough recipes that you cook but this really does sound easy. Thanks for sharing!

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