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I have 4 kids, the oldest is now 20… As you can imagine, I have made a TON of Playdough in my day!  After trial and error and blending many recipes, this is my favorite concoction!  I sometimes add a little peppermint extract, it smells great!

The best part… No cooking required!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)


  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl. Add boiling water.
  2. Knead until smooth.

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    I made this for my grandsons rainy day activity, but I think I may be making another batch to have all to myself.
    Used the gel coloring and the colors are so vibrant!

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I made it over spring break with the kiddos. The consistency is perfect and we had hours of fun with it!

  3. What a great idea. This looks easy and fun to do. I can make play dough for my grandkids and save a ton of money. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for this recipe for playdough. It will save me money. My granddaughters love to play with Play-Doh. :)

  5. wow no more paying for playdough, this would be great for a few friends who are short on cash. i will let them know, thanks

  6. Love that there is no cooking involved. I like making play doh for my kids but with 3 kids age 3 and under it is too hard to have my undivided attention on the stove.

  7. Ilove the idea of putting peppermint into the playdough. That is a great idea. I love the colorsthat you made. There really inviting.

  8. i love this idea and the great thing about this is you can mix the colors up too make more colors and it doesn’t take that long to make and so much fun for you and the little ones ;) great and thanks for sharing

  9. Thanks for posting. Love simple and easy ways to make playdough. Thanks for taking time and posting great info.

  10. This is a great idea to save money. My granddaughter got alot of play dough toys for Christmas, now we can make enough
    play dough to last her for a long time. Thank you for the post.