How To Make Playdough With Your Kids At Home.


More time at home means more time with children, which also means constantly looking for ways to entertain and raise them at home. Playdough (Plasticine) is a fun (and inexpensive!) way to keep the kids busy, and making your own models makes the activity even more exciting. The best part? You probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboard and once you’ve made the dough it can last for a few weeks.

“I make play dough my kids almost every week,” says Rachel Rothman, chief technologist at the Institute for Good Housekeeping. “We made a lot of different ones and I think I’ve more or less perfected mine!” Rothman uses all the nutrients, recipes that have been reviewed and approved by Birnur Aral, director of the Health, Beauty and Ecology Laboratory.

See the full recipe below, as well as a prescription for a suitable allergy test from the American Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA). Please ensure that a parent or legal guardian is present when preparing this recipe.

Your children can be very involved in making the play dough and help you mix the ingredients before a parent or guardian boils the water. Rothman recommends the following:

What do you need? :

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • Food coloring


  1. Combine flour, kosher salt, vegetable oil and cream of tartar in a large bowl.
  2. The parent or guardian is boiling water in a saucepan and then letting it cool slightly until it is warm (so you can handle it without burning your hands).
  3. Add warm water to the mixture and mix well.
  4. If you want to make dough with different colors, divide the dough into several parts and roll it into balls.
  5. Add food coloring of your choice to each ball until the mixture is the color you want.
  6. Store the Playdough mixture in an airtight container at room temperature.

How to make dough for kids with allergies without cream of tartar.

If allergies are the most important, be aware that “many commercial and homemade modeling clays contain wheat,” says Kimberly Rafferty, marketing and senior communications project manager at AAFA.

This is a wheat-free version that you can make yourself — just make sure your child’s allergies agrees with the other ingredients, suggests Rafferty.

What do you need? :

  • 1 lb baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon oil
  • 1 cup cornflour
  • Food coloring


  1. Combine ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Parents or guardians cook the mixture over medium heat until mealy.
  3. Put the dough mixture on a plate and let it cool.
  4. Knead the dough until the ingredients are perfectly mixed.
  5. Store the playdough mixture in an airtight container.



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