This is the best playdough recipe I’ve found- it has come together for me each time I have made it, the texture is great and the ingredients are simple. The kids love it, and I don’t mind making it, so it’s a win all around!

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Playdough Ingredients:

the best playdough2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
4 teaspoons glitter (or mix-in of choice)
2 cups of water
4 teaspoons food coloring (whatever color you want your playdough to be.. I have some ideas below)
2 tablespoons oil

Directions

I wanted to make this with the kids, so I premeasured everything and they took turns dumping everything into a large pot (If your kids are a bit older, have them do the measuring. This is a great low stakes way to have them practice!)
Then they whisked and stirred all the ingredients together.
After everything was well combined, I put it on the stove over high heat (I’m impatient) until it started getting clumpy. Once it started getting clumpy, I turned it down to medium heat and kept stirring, being sure to scrape the bottom, until it was a large ball. It is lumpy and weird looking, but it will be okay.
Dump it out on the counter and throw your pot in the sink to soak (trust me, you don’t want to skip this step. Make your life easier later).
Once the playdough cools enough to not burn you, knead it a few times until it is smooth. There you go! Now you have playdough.

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A few notes important notes about this playdough recipe

  • I purchased cheap flour and salt so I didn’t have to use my pricier organic flour and sea salt on projects like these.
  • If it’s what I have, I use natural food coloring, and sometimes the color isn’t as brilliant as I want it to be. It’s fine. The kids don’t care, especially if there is glitter in it!
  • I like the chunkier glitter in the playdough better than super fine glitter. It just shows up better.
  • Store the playdough in an airtight container. It will last a long time if it doesn’t dry out.
  • Enjoy it with your kids! Sure, it’s fun to hand them something awesome like homemade playdough and take the time they are occupied to yourself, but there is something about playing with playdough as an adult that is extra fun.
  • Some color ideas are blue for the sky or water, black for outer space, green grass, brown for dirt, purple & pink for flowers, etc.

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