Cooked Playdough Recipes For Kids

Twelve of the Best Cooked Playdough Recipes

Super duper squishy fun!! Check out 12 of the easiest cooked dough recipes online.

Cooked Playdough Recipes

Best Playdough (I usually triple or quadruple this recipe and cook it in a large deep frying pan)

Combine in saucepan:

1 cup flour

1/4 cup salt

1 Tsp. cream of tartar

Add and whisk until smooth:

1 cup water

1 Tbsp oil

Food coloring (Cake decorators paste or liquid makes great colors)

Cook over medium heat until nearly playdough is nearly set. Add 1 Tbsp. imitation vanilla extract

Stir until vanilla is blended, then remove and knead when cool. Store in Ziploc bag or air tight container.

Note: This is the best playdough recipe I have ever found. The vanilla extract seems to improve the texture and adds a nice scent as well.

Daylene’s note:  I like to experiment with different extracts.  I have had tremendous luck with LorAnn Bakery Emulsions.  

Microwave Playdough

1 1/4 c. biscuit mix
1/4c. salt 1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tsp. food color
1 c water

Mix together dry ingredients. Add color to the water and stir into the dry mixture a little at a time. Microwave on Hi 1 min. Scrape sides of the bowl and mix well. Microwave 2-3 min longer, stirring after each minute. Let stand uncovered 3 min. Remove from bowl scraping sides well and knead about 1 min or until smooth. Store in airtight container. Can be baked: 225 degrees. 1 hr. turn and back 1 to 1 1/2 hrs longer. Cool on wire rack.

This does not make a large amount but is great for a small group or when you want more than one color at a time. Use unsweetened Kool Aid for a brighter color or terrific scented dough.

Playdough recipe:

2 cups flour,
2 cups water,
1/2 cup salt,
3 TBS. cream of tartar,
2 TBS. oil,
3 PKG. Kool-aid, (Cherry works well.)

Stir over low heat, until you have the consistency of mashed potatoes. Knead until smooth. Store in an air-tight container. Do not refrigerate.

Here is my recipe for play clay:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 cups water

4 TBSP vegetable oil

2 Tsp. cream of tartar

food color

Mix dry ingredients

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl

Add together in a saucepan

Cook on low until the dough thickens to play dough consistency.

Another Kool-Aid Play Dough Recipe

Mix together:

1 c. sifted flour

1/2 c. salt

3 T. oil

1 package Kool-Aid

1 c. boiling water

Mix well, cool and knead as usual.

Kool-aid Clay


1 cup flour

1/4 cup salt

1 pkg unsweet Kool-aid

2 tbsp cream of tartar

1 cup warm water

2 tbsp veg oil

Combine all dry ingredients in sauce pan. Add water and oil.

Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until it forms a ball.

Work with your hands until cool. It’s great! Smells Awesome!

Activity:    Cornstarch Clay #1


1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup warm water

food coloring



1.  mix the baking soda and cornstarch into the saucepan

2.  add the food coloring to the water and stir until all the lumps are gone

3.  cook until the mixture boils over medium heat (mixture should look like mashed potatoes)

4.  knead when cool

Activity:    Cornstarch Clay #2


1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of hot water

1/2 cup of cold water

1/2 cup of cornstarch




1.  mix salt and hot water and bring to a boil in the saucepan

2.  in the bowl, stir the cold water into the cornstarch

3.  add cornstarch mixture to boiling salt water and stir

4.  cook over low heat

5.  stir until the mixture looks like pie dough

6.  cool and knead

Activity:    Cornstarch Clay #3


food coloring

1 cup of salt

1/2 cup of cornstarch

1 cup of boiling water



1.  mix the food coloring into the hot water

2.  combine all the ingredients into the saucepan

3.  boil under medium heat until the mixture forms a soft ball

4.  knead when cool

Activity:    Traditional Cooked Dough


1 cup of flour

1 T. vegetable oil

1 cup water

2 t. cream of tartar

food coloring



1.  mix the food coloring into the water

2.  heat all the ingredients over low heat until the mixture forms a ball

3.  knead when cool

Activity:    Sand Dough


1 cup of sand

1/2 cup of cornstarch

1 t. alum

3/4 cup hot water

food coloring




1.  mix sand, cornstarch, and alum in the bowl

2.  add food coloring to hot water then add to sand mixture

3.  cook over medium heat until thick

4.  knead when cool

Activity:    Sugar Clay


1 cup of sugar

1 cup of flour

1 cup of cold water

5 cups of boiling water

food coloring


1.  mix food coloring into cold water

2.  mix sugar, flour, and cold water together

3.  add boiling water and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly

4.  knead when cool


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