How to make homemade playdough


Homemade playdough can be a lot of fun to make (although, honestly, it takes a little bit of something called time.)  But if you have the time, and you feel like getting crafty with your kids over the spring or summer, making some playdough together can be fun.

Here’s a video showing you how I did it with my kiddos this past spring:

The first thing I did was grab a recipe from a google search on “homemade playdough”.  I came up with this recipe.

Homemade playdough recipe

  • 6 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 cups water
  • fragrant oils (if you want it to smell good!)
  • food colorant or watercolors


I poured all of this into a pot until the edges began to somewhat pull away from the sides.  It was a huge sticky mixture- and literally a hot mess.  Do this only if you’re ready to get dirty sticky with your kids! LOL.

I kept adding flour until the consistency of the playdough was smoother.

Lastly,  I separated the dough into balls after kneading it just a little, and as show in the video above, poked a hole in the center to add my watercolors and work the color through each ball.

If you feel like adding a drop or two of fragrant oils, that’s a great option as well!

That’s about it!

If you’re planning to try this recipe, let me know how it turns out when you do.  I always love video replies as well!




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About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom , "mompreneur" , and tech enthusiast who lives in the Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog named Shaggy. She currently runs two podcasts, blogs, writes music, and spends lots of time at coffee shops.


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