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.
- It’s not greasy. I hate when play dough leaves my hands or my table feeling gross from too much oil.
- 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!
- 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.)
- 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
- 1 C Flour
- 1 C Water
- 1/4 C Salt
- 1 T Vegetable Oil
- 2 t Cream of Tarter
- Food Coloring (4 drops-ish)
- Dump all ingredients in a pot. Order doesn’t matter (yay!).
- Stir everything together until it’s mostly uniform.
- 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.
- 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.
- Play away!