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Make Your Own Playdough for National Playdough Day

Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money, but my Mom was super handy and crafty. She made some really great playdough that kept me busy for hours. Making your own playdough at home is easier than you might think! All you need are a few simple ingredients and some patience. Here's a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • Food coloring (optional)


  • Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized pot.

  • Add water and oil and stir until smooth.

  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a ball (about 3-5 minutes).

  • Remove from heat and let cool.

  • Knead the playdough until it becomes smooth and pliable.

  • Add food coloring if desired and knead until the color is evenly distributed.

Tips for Customization:

  • Add glitter or small beads for texture

  • Use different colors to create unique designs

  • Add essential oils for a multi-sensory experience

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