Are you looking for the most vibrant cooked playdough recipe ever? I’m a playdough snob and I want my kids’ playdoh to feel soft and smooth… There is just about is nothing worse than making an effort to try a playdough recipe and then it either goes bad quickly or it feels grainy or the colors are weird.
Luckily, we’ve tried a lot of playdough recipes and this one is the best I’ve ever made!
Use gel colors and bleached flour to make this cooked playdough recipe vibrant and beautiful!
Cooked Playdough Recipe
Have you wondered how to make playdough at home? Why go out and buy playdough when it is a million times more fun to make it at home with your kids?
My kids just LOVE making playdoh with me, and it’s so much fun to make our own rather than travel to a store or order it online.
Rather than just being an activity, making DIY colorful playdough turns into a bonding experience!
Follow this recipe for each color of playdough that you make. We used a sunset to inspire our cooked playdough colors.
We have used this best playdough recipe for years and it never fails to win out every other play dough recipe that we have tried.
Ingredients per color:
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One of the things I love most about this cooked playdough recipe is that it lasts for a long time even after you refrigerate it!
Directions: Add all the ingredients to a pot. We used a medium saucepan. Let your kids mix. They will also want to add the food coloring. The more color you add, the more vibrant your colors will be. Use about twice the amount of coloring as you think you’ll need to get vibrant colors like ours. If you used unbleached flour, your playdough will also be a little less vibrant.
Once the ingredients are mixed, turn on your stove to a medium heat and keep stirring.
Within 3-5 minutes you will see the cream of tartar playdough start to separate into a ball. Don’t wait too long or your playdough will get hard and crumbly. But if you take it off too soon, your playdough will be sticky and a bit grainy. Find the right balance and your playdough will come out perfectly!
After removing from the heat, let the playdoh cool a bit, then knead it until it is soft and smooth. If the colors aren’t as bright as you would like, add a bit more food coloring and knead it into the dough.
Once the dough is completely cool, let the kids have it to play with! It really is the simplest cooked playdough recipe out there!
You can store this cooked playdough in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to two months.
Check out the Koolaid Play Dough recipe and our classic playdough recipe too! The DIY Halloween Play Dough Kit is a fun way to extend play dough play time and the Fall Scented Playdough Recipe adds a seasonal twist.