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Playdough Recipe for Kids

If you are looking for the easiest homemade playdough recipe around, this is it. Not only do you not have to cook at all, but the instructions are very simple which makes this a great playdough recipe for kids! For how simple this recipe is it produces great playdough and makes a great recipe to teach kids because it is so simple. You won’t find an easier recipe for playdough anywhere. Just make sure you keep an eye on them and pour the boiling water yourself! It’s easy for the place to turn into a warzone with kids making playdough!

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Playdough Recipe for Kids

Ingredients for this easy no cooking playdough recipe:

  • flour – 1 cups
  • boiling water – 1 cups
  • cream of tartar – 1 tbsp
  • salt – 0.5 cups
  • cooking oil – 1 tbsp

Directions for this easy no cooking playdough recipe:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until consistent
  • You’re done! Start playing!

It’s hard to beat this playdough recipe for shear simplicity, though it isn’t quite as exciting as the pumpkin pie playdough recipe or the kool-aid playdough recipe. It’s great for teaching to kids and if your kids are a bit older they can probably do it themselves. Just make sure to watch out using that boiling water! Enjoy!

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  • Renee Pierpont

    My girl scouts love this!

  • Playdough Chef

    Glad to hear it!

  • Regina

    .5 cups of salt?? ahhh could you dumb this down for me I dont know what that is.

  • Playdough Chef

    .5 cups = 4 US fluid ounces
    .5 cups = 60 grams

    Hope that helps.

  • Only1h.tiller

    .5 cups = 1/2 cup

  • Playdough Chef

    That too.

  • Becky

    How do you get the colors so incredably bright?

  • Playdough Chef

    Add a fair bit of food coloring and that should do the trick.

  • newbieteacher

    How much playdough does this recipe yield? How should I scale this recipe for a class of 30 kids?

  • Kim Trang

    Here in Vietname we can’t buy cream of tartar. Can I still make play dough without it?
    I understand it’s for elestiek of the play dough. Maybe u can advice me to use something else in state of creame of tartar.



  • Tosha

    I made this without the cream of tartar, and it worked perfectly. If anyone is refilling old play-do containers, this recipe makes enough to completely fill two regular size containers and one small one. So you could split it evenly and have three almost-full regular size containers, with three different colors..

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  • Sandi

    We followed this to a T and it came out sticky. Even added more flour and still sticky. ???

  • sherry

    Do I use self-rising or all-purpose flour?

  • Mary Novacek

    Can I use olive oil instead of cooking oil?

  • Kessia Tsumuraya

    Can I use baking soda instead of cream of tartar?