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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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  1. I tried this recipe and it looks like pudding. I had to add way more flour to play with. Is there something I’m missing? 

  2. I thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I am an English preschool teacher in Greece. The kids absolutely love it!!! And so do I

  3. I just tried this recipie + added food colouring, 6 drops lavender and a small container of sparkles!! I had to add about 1/4 cup flower. Turned out perfect!  

  4. The only thing I don’t like is that the playdough is SUPER hot so you have to wait a good 10 minutes for it to cool down

  5. I have a 21-month-old daughter and I have been looking for some playdough recipes. Thanks a lot!