How to Make Homemade Playdough? Easy to Make

Playdough is a fun and inexpensive way to keep kids occupied, and DIY modeling compounding takes the activity to the next level. You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. Once you make the playdough, it can last for several weeks.

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How to Make Homemade Playdough?

Your child can become an active participant in the playdough-making process, helping parents or guardians mix the ingredients before boiling the water. Here are some easy steps to make Homemade Playdough.


2 cups Edmunds standard grade flour
½ cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
300ml boiling water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
food coloring of your choice

Follow these steps:

  • Whisk flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl.
  • Pour the boiling water into a measuring jug and stir in the oil and a few drops of food coloring.
  • Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well combined and the mixture is sticky.
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once cool, place the mixture on a bench (or cutting board) and knead vigorously for a few minutes until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Store it in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.

How do you make allergy-friendly playdough without cream of tartar?

If allergies are the first thing that comes to mind, many commercial and homemade modeling doughs contain wheat. There is a wheat-free version you can make yourself. Make sure your child’s allergens match the rest of the ingredients, advises Rafferty.

Things that you need:

1 pound baking soda
1 cup of water
1/8 teaspoon oil
1 cup cornstarch
food coloring


  • Combine ingredients in a large pot.
  • The parent or guardian will cook the mixture until it becomes medium crumbly.
  • Transfer the playdough mixture to a plate and let cool.
  • Knead the dough until the ingredients are completely mixed.
  • Store the playdough mixture in an airtight container.

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