The Classic Playdough Recipe

playdough-truckThe ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 tsp cream of tartar or alum

2 Tbsp oil


                                                                                                       2 cups water

(Photo provided by chrissi.)

*Food coloring or non-toxic watercolor powder or liquid base (added to the water)

The How-To’s:

Combine all dry ingredients well, then add liquids.  Cook, stirring, over medium heat for about 3 minutes or until a firm doughy ball is formed.  Roll onto your counter top.  Allow to cool enough to handle.  Knead until stiff.  Store in a ziplock bag, but allow to cool fully first to avoid condensation.

Playing with playdough yields several developmental outcomes, such as sensory experience, creativity, and fine motor development.


Filed under Recipes - Nonedible, sensory activity

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  7. Mary J

    The Playdough recipe is great- I have used this one and a similar non-cook one. One thing to keep in mind-even though it is non-toxic and somewhat edible, use caution letting little ones eat it -because it is really salty.

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