Making Your Own...Playdough

Homemade playdough. Can you feel the grainy frit on your hands just thinking about it? Me too. If you recall bygone days of childhood where the smell and grit of homemade playdough stayed with you for hours, then you will be as pleased as I was to find the following recipe for a no-cook, smooth-textured playdough. If there will be children at your holiday celebrations, this may be just what they need for playtime fun. Do keep in mind that playdough can be messy so may not be ideal for extremely small children or those who are a bit on the excited side of life.


2 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
2 T. cream of tartar
2 T. oil
1 1/2 c. boiling water
desired add-ins - glitter, coloring, scents

Mix dry ingredients and oil together. Stir in boiling water and food coloring. Add needed flour or water in small increments as needed to reach desired consistency. Knead in add-ins. Dough can be played with for long periods of time without getting dry. Store in airtight container. Would make nice gift.

Side notes: Dough can be mixed by hand. I used stand mixer for ease. Some have used food processor successfully too. One person dissolved salt in boiling water first. I didn't and dough was smooth. I did add food coloring to boiling water before mixing in. This was a good plan. Glitter and other items can be added as desired. I also made two batches then created third color by combining small amounts of the other two colors and blending together. My kiddos want to make more playdough in other colors now. I didn't tell Giggle that adding glitter was an option. That's something I'm saving for possible stocking stuffer ideas.

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