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)


  1. Mix flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a medium cooking pot. 

  2. Add water, oil, and if desired, food coloring and extract/oil. 

  3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove. 

  5. When cool enough to touch, knead until smooth. 

  6. 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