I know the title might seem a little over the top, but just trust me on this one guys. This homemade playdough is amazing! It only takes stuff that’s probably already in your pantry, and it gives you the softest, easiest to work with dough that I’ve ever found, anyway.
It doesn’t stain, it’s washable, and it’s taste-safe (although I will give you that it doesn’t taste so hot…). This makes it perfect for giving to your kids – no harmful chemicals or weird ingredients to worry about.
Have I sold you yet? Seriously, give it a try. It’ll change your life – or at least your kids playtime 🙂
Best Homemade Playdough
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup salt
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- food coloring
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan.
- Cook ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough comes together.
- Allow dough to cool, then turn out and knead until dough is elastic.
- Add color and knead until even. Allow dough to cool completely before giving to kids.
Homemade Playdough, Step-by-Step!
Start by putting all your ingredients in a saucepan. I actually subbed 1/2 tsp cornstarch for the cream of tartar (made one batch too many snickerdoodles!). The dough came out just fine, so that’s an option for you folks.
You’ll get a nice white-ish paste, like this:
Now comes the part that gives you arm muscles. You get to stir this over medium heat until it starts to look like dough. The stirring can get hard, I won’t lie, but you have to keep going because this stuff wants to stick to the bottom and burn. Your final product will look like this:
It kind of looks like mashed potatoes, right? Anyway, let the mashed potatoes cool until you can handle it easily, then turn it out and knead it for a minute or two until it feels like playdough should.
If you want to add color, now’s the time. Just put a little food coloring in the center of your dough ball and knead until the color is even. Your dough needs to be kept in an airtight container or Ziploc bag so it doesn’t dry out. Provided you take care of it, your dough will last for months.
Did you try it? Leave a comment and let us know how it went!