Classic Playdough

By Cecily Power on Apr 12, 2013

A recipe for making classic playdough.


  • 2  cups of flour
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. of cream of tartar
  • Food coloring (if desired)

Ingredients for homemade playdoh


  1. Put all of the ingredients together in a large pot (except for the food coloring)
  2. Stir over low heat
  3. Remove from heat when the dough starts to clump together in the center
  4. Knead the dough until smooth
  5. Fold in food coloring as desired


An additional option is to add different scents to the mixture. Since some children may not be able to see the colors, it may be helpful to use scents instead of colors.

diy playdough

This activity is also available in Chinese here.