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quick and easy recipe to make your own playdough at home - can add scented oils for different scents
Growing up, my Mom would make homemade playdough for my brother, sister and I. It was fun to have a big batch of freshly made playdough. I distinctly remember the feel and the smell of this playdough. My mom still makes homemade playdough for the kiddos in her Sunday School class at church. I also love to make this at home for my boys. It is fun, easy, and very affordable. You can find a variety of scented oils or extracts to add in, giving the playdough a fun smell your kids will love. Walmart sells scented oils in their craft section. I have seen them in packages of two for $2 - grape, strawberry, cinnamon, orange, etc. These are purely for smell and are not the extracts you would use for baking. BUT you can use those too! Lemon, orange, rootbeer, and even anise or almond baking extracts are perfect for adding a fun smell to your homemade playdough.

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  • How to make a clay. Homemade Playdough - Step 1
    Step 1

    In a small saucepan (nonstick works best), mix dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar). I buy my cream of tartar in the bulk section of our local store. It is MUCH cheaper than buying the small containers in the baking aisle.

  • How to make a clay. Homemade Playdough - Step 2
    Step 2

    In a measuring cup, mix water and oil together. Add several drops of food coloring, until you achieve your desired color. Add a few drops of scented oil or extract, if using.

  • How to make a clay. Homemade Playdough - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pour the wet ingredients into the the pan with the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Place pan over medium heat, stirring continually, until dough forms. As soon as you start to see the dough form a skin (about 1-2 minutes), remove from heat.

  • How to make a clay. Homemade Playdough - Step 4
    Step 4

    Let cool for one minute, and then knead for two minutes. Make another batch, or two, or three.

  • How to make a clay. Homemade Playdough - Step 5
    Step 5

    Store in airtight containers or ziplock plastic bags. Making homemade playdough is super easy, super fun, and frugal. You can create a wide variety of colors and scents.

  • How to make a clay. Homemade Playdough - Step 6
    Step 6

    Your kids will love playing with this homemade playdough, especially if they helped you make it. Enjoy!

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Amberlynn Reid
Amberlynn Reid · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
Is the tartar crem necessary?
Andrea L.
Andrea L.
There should only be one listing for salt for 1/2 cup. I've tried deleting the other listing for salt but it is still showing. So sorry for the confusion!
linda l.
linda l. · Farmville, Virginia, US
Can't wait to try this. You have 2 listings for salt, one saids 1 cup of salt the other is half cup, do we add 1.5 cups? Thanks for sharing this.
i have used this recipe for school projects replacing the scented oil with jello or kool-aid. this keeps it safe for those little ones who like to taste their projects.
Jessica O.
Jessica O. · 1 project
Andrea · Austin, Texas, US · 45 projects
or baking soda and corn starch I saw that recipe before
Vermin Jerky
Vermin Jerky · San Diego, California, US · 22 projects
@Plan B - The chemical name is potassium bitartrate. It's a crystalline powder that forms in wine casks. It's acidic and used as a stabilizer in foods. It also helps dyes take.

In spite of its name, it's not a cream, but a powder.
Shae B.
Shae B.
You should try the Kool-aid recipe! it makes it smell!!! and its always my favorite playing with it when it is warm!! Happy
Hella · Rotterdam, South Holland, NL · 60 projects
Can you try to explain what 'cream of tartar' is. I would love to make play dough but I don't know what it is and where I can get it. I am from the Netherlands and Google translator translate it into something very strange -.-
katherine.robison · Omak, Washington, US
It's a white powder in a spice bottle found in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

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