Homemade playdough without cream of tartar

This is a simple and easy recipe for homemade playdough without cream of tartar. It took me under 10 minutes to make this playdough.

Playdough without Cream of Tartar

This is my first time making playdough. I thought it would be difficult and may be expensive.

I actually never use cream of tartar so I did not want to buy it just to make playdough and then don’t know what to do with it.

So I decided to try out a recipe that does not require any cooking and cream of tartar.

Also, my toddler loves playdough and takes it with her everywhere she goes. But throws and lose them a lot.

Hence, homemade playdough is much cheaper than to keep but it from a store.

Here is the best ever playdough recipe without cream of tartar:

Ingredients : 

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/4  cup of Salt (CUP, not table or teaspoon or you will end up with a sticky dough)
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring (gel food preferably)
  • Scent ( if you want it to smell nice)

How to make:

Step 1: Place the flour and salt in a bowl

Step 2:In another bowl mix water and food coloring

Step 3: Mix the 2 bowls together and stir well, keep adding flour if it gets too sticky

Step 4: Add vegetable oil at the end and store it in a container.

Just a note this playdough recipe can last for few weeks. I actually store it in the fridge once the kids are done playing with it.

Note: This playdough recipe can be a little sticky if you don’t use enough salt. 

For easier playdough that lasts longer follow the recipe below 

Watch this 30-second clip on how to make your own homemade playdough without cream of tartar:

 

 

 

Making playdough with just 3 ingredients:

Ingredients :

  • 100 ml conditioner
  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • Food coloring

Method:

  • Put the conditioner into a bowl. Choose a nice conditioner color otheriwise, don’t worry you can add food coloring
  • Add food coloring and mix
  • Add glitter to make it look more exicting
  • Add the cornstarch (It will look like it is crumbling, but keep mixing until it becomes smoother)
  • Keep adding cornstarch until you get the right texture.

Is the cream of tartar needed in making playdough?

Cream of tartar basically helps in preserving the playdough. However, this is not actually needed.

If you add enough salt on your playdough it should then last for a long time. Salt makes playdough more elastic and smoother as well.

The playdough you buy from the shops has the cream of tartar and also many other ingredients. For example,  retrogradation inhibitor, lubricant, surfactant, fragrance, and color.

For longer last ting playdough you can try the easy playdough recipe below with cream of tartar.

Making playdough without cream of tartar :

Here are few substitutes for the cream of tartar in playdough you can try :

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Lemon & Vinegar
  • You can also add a hair conditioner if playdough starts to get hard.

Here is a play dough recipe with cream of tarter:

  • all-purpose flour
  • water
  • cream of tartar
  • salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring

METHOD:

  1. Add 1 cup of flour,2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/3 CUP of salt in a bowl
  2. Add water, vegetable oil and food coloring
  3. Heat burner to medium and cook all the ingredients. Continue stiring until it all solidifies
  4. Don’t worry about lumps. Do this for about 30 seconds in a gas stove. It may take 2 minutes in an electric stove.
  5. Remove from saucepan and it it cool. Don’t worry about lumps.

Other play dough tips :

  • Try using neon gel food coloring. I used a cheap one that was just lying in my cupboard ( probably an expired one) . Using neon gel makes the color come out more.
  • You can also cook this in medium-low heat. This can make the play dough soft and less sticky

Is It OK to eat Playdough?

This playdough recipe is made from flour and homemade ingredients. It is safe if your child accidentally bites a little.

But since it is uncooked flour I would still keep an eye when my child is playing with playdough to ensure they don’t eat it.

The benefits of playdough for toddlers :

It is undoubted that playdough brings a lot of benefits.

I use play dough to teach my little one the different colors and shapes. And most importantly to develop her motor skills.

She loves just exploring the texture of the playdough and squeezing it.

Playdough plays ideas :

Stick objects into the playdough and ask them to pick it up and stick it back in. I used cotton buds in this example. But you can use any other things like sticks, straws, etc.

Shape the playdough. If you have different cooking shapes like stars, circles, squares you can use it to make shapes with play dough.

You can also journal your play experience with your toddler. It makes nice memories for your child in the future,

If you have a creative little toddler that make characters with the play dough. You can add buttons to give it an eye for example. Or you can even create an ice cream play dough cone. Ask your little one to stack the playdough and place it on an ice cream cone.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the growth-mindset kit aimed at raising children growing in a tech world. 

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