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Awesome Homemade Play-Doh Recipe

January 9, 2020

Play-Doh is one of our favorite winter activities. My kids will sit and play with it for hours. Yes, it does get a little messy, but it is worth the mess.

We often start off our homeschool day with sensory play. We like to change it up between play-doh, a baking box, a rock box, and a rice box. My kids love this part of our day! (Details on these other sensory bins coming)

Why is sensory play important?

Sensory play helps kids develop:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Self Control
  • Language Skills

While playing with play-doh kids are using their imaginations, being creative, discovering things that work and don’t work, leading to a better understanding of the world.

I provide you with the two play-doh recipes I use: colored play-doh and mud. You will love them!

Why Homemade?

I make homemade play-doh because it is really easy, it’s cheap, lasts so much longer than the store-bought, and has a great texture. I keep the play-doh in Tupperware containers and it has stayed nice for 2 years!

If you have never made homemade play-doh, try this play-doh recipe! It is super easy to make and quick. In 8 minutes you can have a big ball of perfect play-doh. Plus, your kids can get involved in the process of making the play-doh.

Be sure to check out the “mud” play-doh recipe at the bottom.

Awesome Play-Doh

quick and easy play-doh that lasts years
Prep Time3 mins
Active Time5 mins
Yield: 1 ball
Author: Kristine


  • 1 cup flour
  • cup salt
  • 2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • food coloring


  • Add flour, salt, and cream of tartar to your saucepan and stir it up.
  • Turn the stove to medium heat
  • Add 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of oil, and your food coloring to the pan.
  • Begin stirring. It will look lumpy and that is ok. Just keep stirring.
  • When it all starts to stick together let it cool on wax paper for two minutes.
  • Knead the play-doh until it is all smooth.
  • Check out the pictures below to see how each step looks.

Step 1:

step 1 for homemade play-doh

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

Step 5:

Step 6:

Step 7:

Repeat for as many colors as desired

a short video of the steps.


The other play-doh recipe that we love is “mud”. We made this recipe over a year ago and it turned out amazing. We keep it in a Tupperware container and it is just as good now as it was when we first made it.

The boys drive trucks in the mud, they play with their Fisher-Price animals in it. You definitely want to make this play-doh. The only tweak I would say about this recipe is I would cut it in half. Not because you won’t use it all, but because it is incredibly hard to stir this large recipe. My husband and I had to take turns stirring it up. Other than that, this recipe is perfect!

This play-doh recipe smells like hot Chocolate and young children may try to eat the mud. Yes, I do know this from experience.

So much fun!

I hope you and your kids have a great time trying out these two play-doh recipes. You won’t regret making this quick and easy play-doh. Not only will your kids have a blast, but you will want to sit and play as well.

Looking for another play-doh recipe? Here is a fun fall pumpkin play-doh recipe by Nicole.

Make it a great day!

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