Warbler Class’ Favorite Playdough Recipe


Playdough is one of those materials that is fun for all ages, and though there are many recipes out there, this one is by far our class favorite. It keeps well in air-tight containers, has the expected playdough consistency (some recipes come out really sticky and/or crumbly). It is simple enough to make, encourages positive family connection time, large and fine-motor coordination, concentration and independence buildingI hope you enjoy this with your family as much as we have in the class.


  • Saucepan
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Burner
  • Zip-close bags (one for each person who will want to mix their own colors)
  • Air-tight storage container.


  • 2 C Flour
  • 2 C Water
  • 1 C Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Essential Oil (optional)


  • Mix flour, water, salt, cream of tartar and oil in the sauce pan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • When dough forms a ball, remove from heat.
  • Cool 5 minutes.
  • Divide into equal portions and place into zip-close bags

Optional steps:

  • With the dough in zip-close bags, add just a few drops of desired colors of food coloring.
  • Add 1-5 drops of essential oil of choice.
  • Close the bags to mix the colors into the dough.
  • Knead and squeeze until the colors are thoroughly mixed.
  • For a darker color, open the bag, add a few more drops of food coloring, close the bag tightly and mix again.


Adding Essential oils creates another layer to the sensory experience of the playdough. Lavender, Holy Basil, and Frankincense are some EOs that we’ve enjoyed adding to playdough in the classroom. PLEASE make sure that any EO you choose is SAFE for you and your child. Not sure? Look it up here to find out.


Use the color chart below as a reference or experiment with your own combinations to see what you get!

Add challenges:

Hide objects to the completed playdough for your child to “find” such as dried flowers, buttons, etc… Being mindful, that the items are not a choking hazard.


for sparkly playdough, try adding ¼ tsp of glitter

For a clay that will air dry, try out this recipe, and take crafting with clay to a whole new level.