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How to Make Cooked Playdoh

Updated on May 3, 2009

Playdoh - For All Ages

Playdoh is a childhood ritual that every parent at some time gives in to. Let's face it - it fun stuff to play with- even as an adult!  Here's an economical way to keep having that kind of fun.

Our Favorite Color
Our Favorite Color

The Playdoh Recipe

1 cup Flour

1 Cup Water

1/2 cup Salt

2 Tbsp Cooking Oil

2 tsp Cream of Tartar

1tsp Food Coloring

Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and place on medium to high heat. Stir regularly until a ball of dough is formed. Remove from heat. Place on a smooth surface and knead like bread dough until smooth.

A couple of notes:


  • Buy food coloring by the bottle. Buying the little bottles that come in a four pack doesn't last long.
  • Store your playdoh in ziploc bags or other airtight containers.
  • Does NOT need to be refrigerated
  • Does not have an expiration date.

Personally, I cut each color in half and save the second half for later. I also saved the original playdoh containers we got and re-use them with my recipe. Make several colors at a time and let the kids help by pouring in the water, salt, etc. It's a great way to keep them occupied on a rainy day.

An assrtment of ideas - keep the sharp knoves out of reach.
An assrtment of ideas - keep the sharp knoves out of reach.

Play time Utensils & Gadgets

If you've checked out the price of Playdoh toys in the store lately, you know they are expensive and pretty specialized to a specific task. My kids have learned to raid the kitchen for items that are more fun because they are "real".

Things We Use:

  • Rolling pin
  • Butter knives
  • Potato masher
  • Frosting spreader (the kind with a wavy edge on one side)
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Burger/Pancake flippers

We have also at various times used my pastry filler, my egg slicer and my plastic colander to come up with some interesting 'speriments'.  The only limit is your imagination and the patience of a parent in making "spaghetti".


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      Jenny 6 years ago

      I made 3 batches of this two days ago, it was the BEST playdoh I have ever made! I made another batch today but used kool-aid instead of food coloring. It turned out just as great, just smelled better.

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      jc 6 years ago

      you can also add glitter and scented oil to make it smell yummy!!

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      Nanny J.O.A.T. 8 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Go for it! - the kids usually have a great time mixing it up and picking out the colors. Whenever I make it, the whole family usually ends up "helping out". We've even expanded into neon colors...And it smells almost like real playdoh LOL!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I love this hub. I love play doh. I remember making some when I was five because I saw it on Mr. Rogers. I didn't remember all the ingredients though, so it didn't turn out very well. I'm pretty sure my mom got a kick out of it. I think she felt for me, because she the next time we were at the store she baught me a couple of containers of play doh. Jeez I loved the smell of that stuff. Think I'll do this as a kids project soon here.

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      Nanny J.O.A.T. 8 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Dineane- Yup - you can get the teens to play with it too - my older daughters and my son still play with it under the guise of "playing with Emmy" their lil sis - however -she's been down for a nap or in bed for over an hour!

      TamCor - It lasts forever in the fridge - I just throw it in ziploc bags in the veggie bin where my lil one can reach.

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      I've bookmarked this hub--my grandkids would love it if I kept Playdoh handy for them--they already make a beeline for my kitchen utensils when they come over!

      Thanks for posting this!

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      dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

      my daughter is 17, but I bet I could get her attention on a rainy day with this hub. bookmarked for later use :)