The Best Play Doh Recipe

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You can make the BEST play doh recipe at home in under 10 minutes. The clay is soft, fluffy, and non-toxic.

the best play doh recipe


We love making homemade play doh because it’s much softer (and cheaper) than the one you buy from the store.

Learn how to make your play doh so that you’ll never have to buy from the store ever again! 


The Best Play Doh Recipe

This is the best homemade play doh recipe because:

  • The dough lasts for months if you store it in a plastic bag or airtight container in the fridge
  • It is very soft and fluffy but doesn’t stick to the table
  • It’s cheap to make
  • It is non-toxic (in case the children happen to put some dough in their mouth as they’re playing)
  • It makes for a lot of dough (enough for 4-6 children)
  • You can customize the dough – make whatever colors you want and even different scents


the best play doh recipe

The Best Play Doh Recipe

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  1. Add flour, salt, and citric acid OR cream of tartar to a medium mixing bowl and mix well. 
  2. Add water to a medium saucepan. Heat until boiling and then remove from the stovetop.
  3. Add the hot water and oil to the flour mixture and stir continuously until a stiff ball of dough forms.
  4. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place on your work center. Allow the playdough mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable (about 3-4 minutes).
  6. Divide into equal pieces (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into ziplock bags. Add a few drops of food coloring and knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together, you’re ready to PLAY.


  • Store the dough in a plastic bag or air tight container in the fridge.


More Ideas

Want more fun play dough ideas? Be sure to check out Easy Apple Play Dough Recipe Without Cream of Tartar and this list of The Best Play Dough Kits For Every Child’s Interest!

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