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Homemade Playdough Recipes

Updated on March 9, 2013

When I was in a program called Destination Technology, we visited different colleges and even went to a tecnology and engineer fair. I learned a lot about the way that things worked, how details matter, and the ways in which we have to think in order to come up with a solution to a problem. At one of the stations, we learned how make playdough. we had to use glue, starch or flour ,food coloring, etc. After we mixed all of the necessary ingredients together, we put it inside of a zip lock bag so that it could start to form and so that it wouldn't get all over the place. After a while,we were able to reach inside and play with the playdough. Ever since that day, I've been interested in making things and creating things that can be fun for the whole family. Hence, in this hub I've decided to include a few different recipes on how to make homemade playdough, in case you don't have the necessary ingredients at the time or in case you want to try a different method.


3 cups flour

1.5 cups salt

6 tsp. cream of tarter

3 tbsp. oil

3 cups water

Any color of food coloring

Pour all of the ingredients into a pot. Stir the mixture over medium heat until a dough ball forms. Let the dough ball cool. Add food color and make the dough the color that you want it to be. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough or for at least one to two minutes. Store the play dough in a ziplock bag or a plastic container.


1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup corn starch

3/4 cup water

Mix baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Make sure the lumps are broken down by using your hands and kneading the dough. Add water. Put the pot on the stove over medium heat. When the mixture gathers, remove the pot from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it so that it is smooth. Try not to overcook this dough or it will crumble.


1 cup flour

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup water

1/2 cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

Food coloring

Flavored koolaid

You combine all of these ingredients besides the food coloring into the pan. You heat the ingredients on the stove over medium heat until a ball starts to form. When you reach this point, turn the stove off, in order to avoid overcooking the dough and having it crumble. Wait until it cools, and add any color of food coloring that you desire. Store in a zip lock bag or a plastic container.


Remember not to overcook the dough, otherwise it will crumble and you will have to start over again. The flavored koolaid is used to add a nice smell to the play dough. This homemade playdough is non-toxic and is a less expensive method of having playdough by using ingredients that you already have. Your child can add glitter to the play dough if they desire. You can use cookie cut outs in order to make playing with playdough fun and in order to build things out of playdough. This is very simple,quick, and easy way to craft something and to overall spend more time with your kids helping them to be more creative and more active.


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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @Au fait i couldn't agree more with you

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These are excellent ideas to keep children busy when school lets out. Non-toxic, save money, and your children can be endlessly creative!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Lauren thats a great idea and thanks for reading my hub

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      LaurenBrownie 4 years ago

      I'll definitely have to make play dough for my nieces next time they come over.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Lipnancy interesting story. I think its great that your mom use to make you play dough.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Careermommy you are more than welcome and I hope that you enjoy making the play dough with your kids

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      torrilynn, these look like they will be fun to make. My boys will love making homemade playdough. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      My mother used to make us homemade play dough and then she could just throw it away when we were done with it.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @pstraubie48 thanks for your feedback and i hope you do try these recipes soon.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @prasetio30 thanks for the comment I'm glad that you liked my hub and thanks for sharing this with others as well

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia have wonderful hub here. Very creative and informative as well. I'll practice to make a playdough and I'll show it to my students as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up! useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting.


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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi torrilynn

      My grandbaby loves to play with playdough. I have seen recipes for it before but have never tried making it. I am bookmarking this so I can give it a try.

      thanks for sharing.

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @bdegiulio yes you can make it and thanks for sharing this with others

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Torrilynn, Very interesting. I did not know that one could make playdough. I love the bright colors in your photos. Great job. I'll share this around, very useful.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @midget38 thanks for the positive feedback and Im glad you enjoyed my hub

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Torrilynn! This is certainly an option that is a great alternative to buying. It reduces expense....I do know that Play Doh costs quite a bit! Thanks for sharing, and I pass this round.