Playdough Recipe


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Food coloring if desired
  • 1 Tablespoon extract (peppermint, vanilla, coconut, lemon, etc.) (OR about 5 drops, ¼ teaspoon, if using essential oils)


Mix flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a medium cooking pot.
Add water, oil, and if desired, food coloring and extract/oil.
Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes stirring constantly.
When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
When cool enough to touch, knead until smooth.
Let cool, put in a plastic bag, and refrigerate to store.


  • If you have more than 1 child, consider making a double batch.
  • Cream of Tartar can be expensive, but Woodman’s grocery store carries Tone’s Cream of Tartar for the best price. (1 batch may require 1-2 small jars, for a total of $.90-1.80).

Double batch:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • ¼ cup cream of tartar
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water

Triple batch:

  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ cup salt
  • ¼ cup + 2T (6 T) cream of tartar
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 3 cups water

Homemade Gak


  • Add equal parts glue and liquid laundry starch to a Ziploc bag. Add a few drops of food coloring. Seal, and “squish” until glue is mostly stuck together.
  • Now it’s time to get messy. Remove the congealed glue (there will be extra starch leftover in the bag), and mix/knead with your hands until smooth. Let sit for a few moments before using.

Homemade Puffy Paint


  • Mix equal parts glue and shaving cream.
  • Add several drops of food coloring or liquid watercolor.
  • Mix and enjoy!