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Homemade Playdough

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: MaryJane Robbins

Rainy day got your kids down? Looking for a quick and easy homemade craft that will get their creative gears turning? Try this homemade playdough. Just 5 basic pantry ingredients and an adult to heat the water, and the world of color, fun and fantasy are just around the corner.

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  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups very hot water
  • various food coloring (optional but fun)
  • various scented oils or liquid flavorings (again, optional)


  1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar with a whisk until well blended. Break up any lumps of salt with your fingers.
  2. Add the oil to the hot water (a good job for grownups). Mix into the flour blend until a smooth dough forms. The dough will be quite warm to begin with, but cools quickly.
  3. If using colors and scents, divide the dough into sections and scent and color each. Wearing rubber gloves for the initial kneading will help keep your hands from becoming stained.
  4. Once your shapes, critters, and designs are done, they can be dried at room temperature overnight, or longer, and painted with craft paints for lasting treasures. If you are not keeping shapes, etc. the playdough can be stored airtight in the fridge for one week.