Homemade Play Doh

Homemade Play Doh Recipes 


My daughters simply LOVE play doh.  I know because I was constantly buying more of it from amazon.  The first time they played with it was wonderful.  Inevitably the colors would all get joined together to make a not so beautiful brown rainbow and/or the lids wouldn’t be placed on properly so we would end up with rock hard doh. Over the years Play Doh has been my go-to activity.  When they girls need some quiet time, when they are sick or when I don’t have anything planned for them to do.  It has been my lifesaver.  But I was getting sick of spending money on it only to throw it all away.  I didn’t want to take play doh away from them (or from me) so I thought I would have to try to make my own.  I thought that making my own play doh was going to be a long, hard task that I wouldn’t enjoy.  I was pleasantly surprised that not only did I enjoy it but it was fun and easy too!  Both my girls love making play doh with me now and it has become a loved activity of ours.  We tried LOTS of recipes but these two are our favorites!  The first one is a ‘cooked’ play doh and the second is a ‘non-cooked’ play doh.

Cooked Play Doh: 

This is my absolute favorite play doh to make and play with.  My daughters preschool makes this and they say it lasts at least 6 weeks with daily use.  It is super soft and doesn’t get stuck on anything.


2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Salt

4 tsp Cream of Tarter

1/4 Cup Oil

2 Cups Water

Food Coloring


Spray your pan with cooking spray first.

Mix together your flour, salt and cream of tarter in a large bowl.

Add in your oil and stir.

In a separate bowl, add your water and food coloring together.  You can add as much or as little color as you want.  I normally do about 15 drops.  Stir the color into the water.

Add your water to your flour mixture and stir.

Add your dough to your pan and cook on low until it is like rubber, string constantly.

Remove your doh from your pan and place it on parchment paper and knead for one minute.

Let cool and then create! Store in an air tight container.


Homemade play doh

2 Ingredient Play Doh:


2 Cups Cornstarch

1 Cup Conditioner

Food Coloring (optional)


Add a few drops at a time of food coloring to your conditioner until you get the color you desire.

Mix the cornstarch and conditioner together in a large bowl.  Use your hands to knead it all together until it is all combined.

Thats it!  Super easy and quick!  This play doh is soft, silky and smells delicious!  Store in an air tight container.

Homemade play doh

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