Soft and Long Lasting Playdough Recipe

Are you thinking of DIY-ing your class playdough?

Look no further because I have a no-cook, simple, and mess-free recipe for you.

If you are an Early Childhood teacher or even a stay-at-home mom, this is one recipe you should know by heart. ;)

This Do-It-Yourself activity was a result of experimenting and trying a lot of playdough recipes I have found on Pinterest. And I finally was able to perfect, a soft and long lasting one (this is about to last for six months).

And my little rascals loved it!


Trust me, there's nothing more fun, more creative, and more motor skills development than giving your little rascals a playdough to play with. Three years old and above is the ideal age to have this. 

Plus this is way cheaper than store bought ones!

What do you need?

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoon cream of tartar

2 tablespoon of oil

1  3/4 cups of boiling water

*food coloring of your choice (optional)


How to make your playdough?

1. On a deep bowl or pan-- put the flour, the salt, and the cream of tartar. Make sure to mix all these dry ingredients first.

2. Add the oil into the batter and mix them well again.

3. Then pour the boiling water into your batter mix. Caution: It's very hot, so please be careful when you're doing this part.  (Mix all the ingredients well again.)

4. Keep it cool for about five minutes, or until the mixture is not too hot for you anymore.

5. Knead your playdough and add your food coloring while doing this. I had at least put 10-15 drops on this ratio.

6. Store them into ziplock bags or containers with lid.

7. Enjoy playing it with your little rascals!!!

Wasn't that easy?! Your little rascals can make this thing with you, too! But just be very careful with the boiling water. For I don't wish any harm on doing this activity!

You can also provide some playdough mats that you can make or print from online resources, popsicle sticks and cookie cutters!


If you will try this, please let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you!

Do you love playing with playdough? What do you think of this recipe?