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Playdough Recipe


Playdough Recipe

By Amy Dargart-Stewart, FCPL Early Literacy Assistant

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • food coloring


  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients — flour, salt, cream of tartar — and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, add a few drops of food coloring to water. Add the mixture to a large pot along with vegetable oil and stir to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the pot and mix well
  4. Cook over low-to-medium heat until a dough starts to form and becomes dry.
  5. Once the mixture looks fully cooked and starts to form into a ball, remove from heat. Let the dough cool.
  6. Once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes or until soft.


If you find the dough is too dry and hard after kneading, add a bit more oil and knead to combine. To see how it's created, watch a video demonstration on YouTube.

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