Easy Playdough


Another rainy day – seems to be the story of our lives these days. Don’t get me wrong it is much needed so I’m loving it! It’ll make our summer less likely to be fire-filled. And – another big plus – it is making our garden grow! It allows us to do all sorts of fun crafty things indoors too and we never tire of that. Turns out we had a rainy playdough day! We’ve got a pretty amazing recipe that we like to follow. There are tons of playdough recipes on line that are wonderful, but this one seems to be our favorite!



We use 2 cups of white flour (we’ve used wheat before and it works just fine – for vibrant colors white works best).

1/2 cup of salt (sea salt at our house – but it probably doesn’t make much of a difference)

4 tsp cream of tartar

2 cups of water

2 Tbsp oil (veggie or olive)

Color (if you want) – even though I hate food coloring of the non-natural variety – I sometimes use it for playdough. It seems to work the best.

I also like to add a drop of essential oil to make the dough smell good and I tend to use Thieves oil which is great for killing germs. I knead it in at the end so it doesn’t get heated up.

Soupy Dough Soupy Dough Blue

You mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a medium sized pot – add water, oil and food coloring. Cook and stir over medium heat pretty much constantly.

Gooey Dough

The mixture will become more playdough like pretty quickly.

ThickerThick Dough

I take it out on the spoon and knead it on the counter from there – a bit of flour on the counter might help prevent sticking. You’ll want to store it in an airtight container to keep it nice and soft!

Spoon Dough

Gus and Dough Dough Balls

For some reason this dough is like magic at our house. Gussy and Simon will sculpt for hours! Hours!

Dough Spoon

These are some of our favorite play dough tools.

Rolling Pin Cutie

Rolling Dough Smooshed Dough

We also have quite the collection of plastic cookie cutters – they came in this quite insane sized set and we like to dump them all out when we play – that very perfect one might be hidden at the bottom of the box. We don’t like to take our chances.

Gus and Edie

cookie cutters

I’ll leave you with the perfect dough star made by Mister Gussy. Super fun dough-filled day to all of you!

Star Dough

Happy Crafting!

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