best. playdough. ever.

best playdough recipe ever by kojodesignsAs I look at the calendar, with winter stretching on for the next few months, I am determined not to let cabin fever get the best of us. Which means I’ve been filling up my ‘mama school’ board on pinterest with all sorts of indoor activities that Burke and Pi might like.

homemade playdough recipe by kojodesignsBefore we start on those, I wanted to try Jordan’s favorite playdough recipe. Jordi and her girls love this recipe, so I had high hopes that Burke and Piper Jane would love it as well.

best playdough recipe ever by kojodesignsAnd it did not disappoint! If you are looking for an indoor, perfect-for-winter activity, this playdough recipe is it friends.

To make this most fabulous playdough, help your children measure and mix in a sauce pan-
2 C. flour
1/2 C. salt
2 C. water
2 Tbsp oil
1/4 C cream of tartar
a few drops of food coloring

best playdough recipe ever by kojodesignsGive your Smooches a snack and send them to the table to wait as you –
Place the pan over medium heat and stir until dough is completely formed and no longer sticky. It doesn’t take long – keep stirring! Allow it to cool before dumping it out for your patiently not-so-patiently waiting kiddos.

Do you have any tried and true cabin-fever-fender-offers? We’d love suggestions!

ps- Kelli– thanks for passing this recipe along to Jord once upon a time!


  1. says

    Oh this is definitely happening this weekend. With all this snow, I’ve been needing a fun activity for the kids – and I have all the supplies already, even better. I think we’ll have to try adding glitter! Pinned :)

  2. Keje says

    What the?!?!?!?! WEIRD Kirst I literally made homemade playdough yesterday too. It’s like….we are sisters or something…..:)

  3. Michelle says

    a handy hint that I do to make playdough is to use boiling water instead of cooking it. Might not work with this one but it is easier.

    • Kirstin says

      Hey Erin- we’ve been keeping it in zip lock bags (it keeps remarkably well). You could probably keep it in sealed tupperware as well. Hope that helps!

  4. says

    Thanks for the Recipe Kirstin! We just made this and added a 10 cent koolaid package for color and scent. Now I just need to buy more cream of tarter so we can make more :)

  5. bcreatvsharon says

    A great play dough substance makes for terrific beads, kids projects, knowing that yours & your family’s creation will stand the test of time.

  6. Toby Long says

    The last time I made play-doh the recipe called for half this much water nd was really sticky once the kids played with it. Any tipsw on whatwent wrong? I’d really like to make this recie and am nervous!

    • Kirstin says

      Hmmm- maybe the lack of water made a difference? We’ve never had super sticky playdough (well, once, when they poured water all over it, but not after we made it).
      Let me know if you try it!

  7. says


    As a mom, I have followed your blog for a while now. I absolutely love it! Now, I am the marketing/graphic designer for a non-profit here in Tucson, Arizona, USA. We make a quarterly newsletter for parents. I was hoping to be able to use you as a resource for activities and include some of your photographs. I would, of course, give your blog the credit! If you could e-mail me, that would be great! Kudos on a great blog! Look forward to hearing from you!

    • Kirstin says

      Hey Ashley- I haven’t ever tried it with corn starch, but if you do (and it works), will you let me know?

    • Kirstin says

      Caroline, this comment reminds me to add this to our to do list for next week! Glad you kids love it too!


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