Best Homemade Playdough Recipe
I made play dough for the first time in November. We used a gingerbread playdough recipe that I found on Pinterest and it smelled amazing. We made little playdough gingerbread men and it was so fun! What’s going to blow your mind is that the playdough we made in November is STILL soft. That’s 6 months later!!
Not only is it a fun and inexpensive activity, the shelf life of this stuff is amazing! It might also have to do with the containers we keep them in! Linking the containers here.
So with Easter coming up I thought it would be fun to make our own spring colored playdough! The recipe I used is from The Mama Notes blog. And I’ll share the food coloring ratios I used to get these exact colors at the end of this post.
Here is what you’ll need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
- food coloring
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir continuously until the dough begins to form. As the dough forms, it will pull away from the edges of the pan. Remove the playdough from the pan and place on a cookie sheet. Once the playdough is cool enough to touch, you can pull off sections to add food coloring to. We were able to make 5 different colors from this one batch. Roll each section of playdough into a ball and use your finger to poke a hole in the center. Add the food coloring into the hole and then begin kneading the dough. Keep kneading until the food coloring has completely blended into the playdough. Store in a zip lock bag for up to 2 months or store in these plastic containers and they will last up to 6 months.
Food Coloring Ratios
pale yellow: 1 drop of yellow
blush: 1 drop of red
green: 2 drops of yellow + 1 drop of green
blue/green: 1 drop of green + 1 drop of blue