Homemade Playdough

Homemade Playdough


I’ve been making this play-dough for many years, it always turns out well and lasts for many, many months in an air-tight container.  This play-dough has a store bought consistency; in fact, my children like it better!  My 5 year-old even said, "Mama, you make the best play-dough.  It's soooo soft."  So, I'll take that as a raving review. I typically double this recipe for my two little ones so they both have more than enough.  Sometimes I will double and make two separate colors.  We love to pair this play-dough with our Sensory Play Tools and use our Painting Board to keep everything nice and tidy.

2 cups flour
2 cups water
1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tsp cream of tartar
food coloring (optional)
kid-safe essential oil (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Add food coloring to water (I use 8-20 drops depending on the color I am going for). Pour water over the dry ingredients and mix until relatively clump free. Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add in remaining ingredients and stir continuously. The play-dough will begin to get lumpy. Once it becomes one mass, remove from heat and place on a cutting board to cool. Once cooled, knead by hand. Add a few drops of essential oil. We like a calming or balancing blend, or a germ-fighting blend during sick season is great too! This play-dough can be stored in an air-tight container for many months (ours typically lasts 6-9 months).

I hope you enjoy this play-dough as much as we do in our house.

Many blessings,


  • Post author
    Terra Wood