Homemade playdough

In my previous life as a preschool teacher, playdough was part of my everyday life.  Not only is it fun and encourages creativity and imaginative play, it helps with fine motor skills – those little fingers strengthen muscles as they squeeze and shape.

I have made three or four playdough recipes, this one most recently.  It has lasted for months and is still soft and pliable.  Thanks to Jan Frimpter for the recipe.


2 c. flour
1 c. salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbs. cooking oil
2 c. water
(optional) food coloring for color and flavoring for smell
Mix dry ingredients, then add liquid.  Mix together.
Stir constantly in quart size saucepan over low heat until a big ball forms.
Remove from heat immediately and you’re ready to play!

Hannah enjoyed sticking the straws into blobs.  I used blue food coloring and some lemon extract, and the color came out nicely but the lemon smell faded quickly.

1 thought on “Homemade playdough

  1. My mom got this recipe from the Tightwad Gazette back when I was a kid. It was always so much fun to make :)

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