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How to make the best playdough

Making playdough is something that every parent needs to do at some point in their lives. The stuff they sell at the store is not nearly as good as this homemade play dough (and it definitely doesn’t smell as delicious as kool-aid). It’s super affordable to make too. All you need is a little bit of time. Here are my top three favorite recipes for making your own playdough.

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How to make the best playdough

Kool-aid Dough


  • 3 1/2 cups of flour or more
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. cream of tarter
  • 2 pkg. of Kool-aid
  • 3 tbsp. of oil
  • 2 cups of water


  1. Boil water and add to kool-aid in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in oil and add in remaining ingredients until a ball forms.
  3. Knead until smooth.

Vinegar Dough


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp vinegar


  1. Mix all ingredients together. If dough seems dry, add more water.
  2. Knead well.
  3. Keep unrefrigerated in a plastic container. Add water if dry.

Cooked Dough


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tbsp cream of tarter
  • 2 tbsp oil and food coloring OR 1 package jello


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large saucepan.
  2. Cook over low heat until mixture forms a soft ball.
  3. Remove from pan and knead.
  4. Store in a plastic container.

Originally published on September 15, 2009. Last Updated on May 14, 2019 by Pattie Cordova

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