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several balls of homemade playdough on a wooden board

Easy Homemade Playdough

I share how to make easy homemade playdough that stays soft much longer than the storebought version and it's totally edible and non-toxic!
Course playtime
Cuisine playtime
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 294kcal


  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Food colouring


  • Mix together all the ingredients, except the food coloring, in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook over medium low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir until the mixture is very thick, sticks to the spoon, and hard to stir. This will all take about 10-15 minutes and will become a bit of a workout!
  • Feel the dough. It should not feel wet, but should easy get imprints in it if you squeeze it or press into it.
  • Transfer the dough to a piece of wax paper for 5 minutes.
  • Divide up into sections (I did 8 colours so I split it into 8). Add a section to a bowl and add a bit of food colouring. I suggest starting with the lightest colours (ie. yellow) so you don't have to keep washing the bowl out. Kneed the colour into the dough.
  • Transfer to a plastic bag and refrigerate.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 18871mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 3mg