The Perfect Homemade Playdough

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Are you looking for the perfect homemade playdough recipe. Look no more.

This playdough recipe is simple and the results are fantastic; silky and smooth playdough.


If you are looking for a recipe that does not include cream of tartar, good luck. I have spent years looking for that elusive unicorn with no luck. If you find a recipe that does not include cream of tartar the results are not as ideal. The dough is either too crumbly, sticky or lumpy.

Keep your eyes out for when cream of tartar goes on sale in your local supermarket or buy it in bulk on Amazon. The extra cost is really worth it.

This recipe will make enough playdough for four medium sized balls or you can make large batches of a single color.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Food Coloring
  1. Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar into a large saucepan.
  2. Add in the oil and water. Make sure that there are no lumps.
  3. If you will be doing one large batch add in your food coloring until you get the desired color intensity. If you will be doing a variety of colors leave the food coloring out.
  4. Place the large saucepan on medium heat and continually stir. You know it is done when it forms into a ball and pulls away from the sides of the saucepan.
  5. If you did not make a large batch, divide the dough into four equal pieces.
  6. Add a different color of food coloring to each piece.
  7. Kneed the dough to incorporate the food coloring.
As long as you keep your playdough stored in either an airtight container or a ziplock bag it will last for months.

Homemade Finger Paints

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Buying finger paints at the store can get really expensive. They run out as soon as you buy them and worse of all you would not want your kiddos sticking their fingers in their mouths.

By no means is this recipe being promoted as edible, but you will not have to worry about your kids eating strange chemicals. So grab a piece of paper and a couple of little hands and have fun.

Hand Paint


  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • food coloring


  1. Combine the ingredients, minus the food coloring, in a small saucepan and warm until the mixture thickens.
  2. Let it completely cool. If the paint comes out too thick thin it out with a little bit of water, until you get your desired consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture into airtight small containers (empty glass baby food jars are great for this).
  4. Add a few drops of  food coloring to each container until you get your desired color.