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Homemade Playdough: Easy, cheap, and fun

The Minnesota winter's definitely get long and once we start inching into March everyone is itching to get outdoors and have some fun! Unfortunately, we're not always able to with the weather! So, when that happens it's time to improvise!

I love whipping up some homemade playdough! It's so inexpensive and it becomes two activities. One is making the playdough together and ofcourse the other is playing with it. I thought my toddler was going to love playing with her very own homemade playdough, but that wasn't the case. It was a big hit with her brothers though, so I'm going to call that a win!

I've been using the same recipe for years! If you're looking for a simple go-to homemade playdough recipe this is it!


- 1 cup all-purpose flour

- 1 cup water

- 1/3 table salt

- 2 tsp. cream of tartar

- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

- food coloring of your choice


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir (I like to put my right in the pot that will be going on the stove (less cleanup)

  2. Set the pan on the stove with low to medium heat and start stirring.

  3. Once the playdough starts pulling away from the pan, you know it's done!

  4. Remove the playdough and separate into as many balls as you'd like, so you can start dying them.

  5. Lay wax paper down (so you don't dye your countertops) and drop in the food coloring (as many drops as you like).

  6. Knead the playdough until the color is dispersed (pro tip: wear rubber gloves, so you don't dye your hands).

  7. Let cool.

  8. Time to play.

  9. Store your playdough in a ziplock bag. Make sure all of the air is out and enjoy in the future!

I hope this inspires you to try something new on a rainy, cold or inside day!

Cheers! Jenna

P.S. Adeline didn't love it :)

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