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Basic Playdough Recipe

Easy Playdough RecipeJust in case I misplace the handwritten recipe for home made playdough I received from my sweet sister-in-law, I’m posting it here. Bonus: you can use it too!. I love this playdough recipe because it is quick and I always have these ingredients on hand. It’s also super easy to change up by adding colors and scents to fit your mood or the season.

The first time I ever made playdough our oldest was 2 years old. Shocking, isn’t it! My sister-in-law was visiting and made it with me. Every time I make it now I think of her and and the vivid memories she has of being little and getting to play with warm playdough. It was her favorite. And I hope it’s becoming a favorite memory of my children, too. There is something so therapeutic about kneading, squishing, and sculpting warm playdough.

Basic Playdough Recipe

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp oil
1 cup water

Stir all these ingredients together in a pan. (If you add extract or food coloring, add them now!) Then turn on the burner to a med-high heat. I use a spatula to stir as the pan heats up. As the mixture heats up it begins to thicken and will start to ball together. Once the wetness turns to thickness, take it off the heat. I usually stir it around in the  pan one more time. Then pour out the playdough onto the table and knead it a little more. This helps cool it down and smooth out the playdough. Once it’s cooled down to a temperature appropriate for little hands, let your little one have a go!

Playdough Recipe in action

Warm playdough is fun all by itself, but you can add in toys, craft supplies, sticks, anything you can think of to add tot he fun. We have a set of kid rolling pins and cookie cutters that the kids always pull out alongside the playdough.

I hope you enjoy this playdough recipe. If you snap a photo of your playdough in action, I’d love to see it! You can post it to the Because Babies Grow Up Facebook wall or if you post it on Instagram you can use the hashtag #becausebabiesgrowup.