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How to Make Playdough(play doh)

Updated on March 31, 2015



How To Make A Playdough

If you played with Play-Doh as a kid, then you know just how entertaining that funny little substance can be. You can use it to make animals, buildings, people, shapes, words, and anything else you want, all using brightly-colored putty that brings a smile to any child’s face. Many people have also wondered how to make playdough themselves, using material from their homes. Well, if you are one of them, this guide on how to make playdough is for you.

Homemade Playdough


How to Make Playdough: Materials

To make this fun and non-toxic toy for your children (or even yourself!), you will need the ingredients listed below. We also recommend you cook the recipe, since the playdough has a much better consistency and texture than the uncooked kind.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of flour (all-purpose baking flour works well)
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon, cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons, vegetable oil

You can also add food coloring to the mixture, and can even include scented oils and other additions to make the material smell a bit better.

Play with Play Doh Accessories


How to Make Playdough: The Process

The first step in making this material is to take your ingredients and mix them together. Don’t add your food coloring or scented oils yet, though; wait until after the dough is cooked.

Once you have mixed together all of the ingredients into one single batch, you are going to place them into a pot over low heat. You may want to spray very lightly with non-stick cooking spray, but this is not a requirement (and some people don’t like how it makes the dough feel). Stir the dough until it starts clumping together in the middle. It will start looking like mashed potatoes at this point.

Remove from the pot and let it cool on a counter or cookie sheet. Then, start kneading it thoroughly. You want the texture to be as smooth as you can get it (like real Play-Doh). It may feel sticky when you remove it from the pan; if it is, then just cook it over low heat until the stickiness goes away.

You can then either color the entire ball one color or divide it up into smaller balls and color them individually. Just place enough food coloring into the dough and knead it in. The best way to do this is to pound out the dough, place the dye in the center, and then fold the dough in on itself. This way, you won’t get the dye on yourself or your kitchen.

How to Make Playdough: Things to Know

As mentioned, this is a non-toxic substance. You still don’t want to let anyone eat it, though, because it has a lot of salt in it and doesn’t taste very good. It will also last pretty long if you seal it up in an airtight container when you’re not using it. If it dries out you can add some water and work the moisture back into it.

Now all you have to do is just enjoy your new playdough!

How To Make A Playdough


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    • shai77 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks Amandaword :-)

      Happy to see you visiting my Hubs.

    • Amandaword profile image


      8 years ago from Dimapur, India

      My understanding of playdough (from the title) was that the hub was about dog's tricks :) AA very interesting hub. My knowledge of cooking is limited to three skills: Boil the water, place the egg in it and then, take it down :) Keep writing.


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