Easy Playdough Recipe – Just 3 Ingredients!

This homemade playdough recipe is super easy and safe for kids. If you're looking for a cooked playdough recipe to try, this one is a good recipe to start with.

I can't even count how many containers of playdough I have purchased for our boys throughout the years. Granted, when you're in the thick of “mommin all day errday” you don't want to fuss with making something that you can easily purchase.

However, when you see how easy this playdough recipe is, you will make this one time and time again! The best part is that it's super simple so the kids can help out! It's always nice when they're old enough to participate in the process as well.

This fun snowman theme is great for parties – the kids can make his face themselves as part of the craft. Less work for you and the kids will love it!

Easy Playdough Recipe Ingredients 

  • 1 cup, Flour
  • 1 cup, Water
  • 1 TBS, Cream of Tartar
  • 2 TBS, Vegetable Oil

To make the Snowman-Themed Playdough, you will also need:

How to Make Playdough

  1. Mix together your flour, water, cream of tartar, and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Scoop the mixture into a sauce pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes while stirring constantly until your mixture turns into dough.
  3. Once your dough forms, place it to the side to cool off.

That's it to make a basic cooked playdough recipe! Now to make this cute Snowman playdough, you will also need to follow these steps:

  1. Add your white glitter and knead the dough. This step is also where you would add color if you wanted to make other variations.
  2. Lay a sandwich bag on the table and use a black sharpie to draw two circle eyes and about five circles in the shape of a smile for a mouth.
  3. Use a orange sharpie to draw a triangle carrot shaped nose.

Store your playdough in airtight ziplock baggies. When you flatten the playdough you will have little snowmen!

Get creative and make all sorts of themed playdough depending for each holiday or theme. For Easter, you could make this exact playdough into a bunny rabbit by drawing a nose and eyes. Rudolph could easily be done by adding some brown coloring to the playdough, and adding a red nose with a sharpie.

You could make sports playdough designs! This white dough could easily be made into a soccer ball  just by adding the black lines. I'm also seeing cute baggies of basketball and football playdough now! Let your littles get involved and use their imagination with what they want to make!

We have gotten a few questions about homemade playdough since we have another popular uncooked playdough recipe. Here are a few FAQ's to help you in advance as you try either recipe for your littles!

How do you make homemade playdough without cooking?

This is a common question we get, since some people want an uncooked playdough recipe and some want a cooked cooked version as above (you know, in case the kiddos wanna eat it). The uncooked recipe can be faster to whip up too.

Check out this DIY Playdough recipe, that doesn't involve any cooking and has common ingredients. Try both and let us know which homemade playdough recipe is the best!

How to make a scented playdough recipe?

To create scented playdough, you can easily add in any therapeutic grade essential oils to the mix while cooking. The holiday-themed snowman DIY above would be super festive with this specific kid-safe essential oil blend (it smells like cinnamon and cloves and this is my favorite essential oil brand too).

Our uncooked playdough recipe calls for a different ingredient, which has a scent (and you can choose whatever scent you like). So, either way you can easily add a scent to the playdough.

How do you color playdough?

There are a few options. The one that's most common is by adding food coloring drops. Another more natural option is to use cosmetic Grade Mica Powder to the playdough when you are kneading the dough together.

By adding the coloring slowly at first, this will allow the coloring to get mixed throughout evenly. You will want to add additional food coloring as you go as well so you have you have more control over the final color of the playdough.

How to make playdough without color?

The process we've used in this recipe will do it for you! If you follow our other playdough recipe, just make sure you choose the main ingredient without any color.

What is the best playdough recipe?

Ours, of course! :D There are several ways to make a playdough, and I've given you a few. Honestly, it's truly your preference. Either recipe comes out great!

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Easy Playdough Recipe – Just 3 Ingredients!

This homemade playdough recipe is super easy and safe for kids. When you see how easy this playdough recipe is, you will make this one time and time again!

  • Author: Andrea Deckard

Ingredients

  • 1 cup, Flour
  • 1 cup, Water
  • 1 TBS, Cream of Tartar
  • 2 TBS, Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Mix together your flour, water, cream of tartar, and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Scoop the mixture into a sauce pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes while stirring constantly until your mixture turns into dough.
  3. Once your dough forms, place it to the side to cool off.

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This easy homemade playdough recipe is one that you will keep coming back to time and time again! Great to make in advance and use as a craft for classroom parties, or just to make at home to keep your kids’ using their imagination to make fun creations!

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