Large Batch of Playdough

This large batch of playdough is so fun and easy to make!  Our five year old son, Landon, started kindergarten this year.  We had a sign in sheet for playdough and I was the first one to sign up!  Landon and I, have made play dough before and I was ready to make it again.  This recipe makes enough for a whole class of kindergarten kids to play with.    You can make several different colors with this batch.  This batch is a no-cook recipe.  You just need hot water and mix all the ingredients together, until they form a dough.  This recipe was provided by Landon’s new kindergarten teacher.  

If you have kids, you know they love to play with play dough.  There are so many fun toys and gadgets for play dough.  Before we moved from Texas to Michigan, an old neighbor gave Landon a ton of play dough supplies!  Santa also brought him a play dough truck for x-mas one year.   Kids just really enjoy playing with it.  It’s even fun for adults, too!

Thinking of a fun party for the kids?  How about a playdough party?  You could set up a playdough table with all kinds of gadgets for them to play with.  Sounds like a fun party!  I’m giving myself some ideas.  You could even make little goodie bags with playdough for the kids to take home.  The kids would have so much fun!

Need something to do with the kids this weekend?  Make some playdough and it will keep them busy for a while.  

The ingredients needed are, flour, salt, cream of tarter, cooking oil and hot water.  You mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and just keep mixing until a dough forms.  The mixture will start off sticky and thick.  You’ll wonder if you did something wrong.  Just keep mixing and once it’s cooled down enough, use your hands to form into a dough.  Once a dough is formed, you’ll have to knead it.  Use a little flour and knead until it’s no longer sticky.  Once the mixture is fully cooled it will form into playdough.   It turns into a really nice dough and is so much fun to play with!

Large Batch of Playdough
An easy no-cook recipe for playdough. Provides a ton of playdough! Have Fun!
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  1. 4 cups hot water
  2. 5 cups flour
  3. 2 cups salt
  4. 2 Tablespoons cream of tarter
  5. 6 Tablespoons cooking oil
  6. food coloring
  7. disposable gloves to protect hands from food coloring *optional
  1. You'll need a large bowl to mix the playdough in. Heat up the water in microwave for 5 minutes. (Be careful removing the bowl, it'll be hot)
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into the hot water and mix. If you're going to make the playdough all one color, add the preferred color and keep mixing. If making several different colors, you can knead them into the dough once it's formed.
  3. The mixture will start off sticky, heavy and gooey. Just keep mixing and let it cool a little and keep mixing. Once the dough has cooled down enough to touch, use your hands to form into a dough ball. Once a dough ball is made, you can start kneading. You may need to dust with flour and knead until it's no longer sticky. It will become a smooth non-sticky playdough. If making several different colors, move on to the next step.
  4. Divide the dough into the amount of different colors you want. For example: If your making 4 different colors, divide the dough into 4 equal portions (place in seperate bowls). You can use your disposable gloves in this step. Start off with one color and add desired amount of food coloring (I used food coloring paste). Knead the food coloring into dough until fully combined and no streaks of food coloring remain. Repeat process with remaining colors.
  5. Store in plastic baggies or air-tight containers.
Adapted from From Landon's Kindergarten teacher
Adapted from From Landon's Kindergarten teacher
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17 comments on “Large Batch of Playdough

  1. Celli

    This would be great for teachers to make for their students!!!

    1. Vanessa

      I agree Celli.

  2. Sara P. (@SensiblySara)

    That looks like fun! And I like that the playdough doesn’t look like it would dry out quickly.

    1. Vanessa

      Thanks Sara! It was a lot of fun and kept Landon busy.

  3. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    I loved making playdough…buuut I have no kids, so it would be kinda weird if I made it now! lol Next time I visit my nieces, I’ll have to break out your recipe. They’ll be thrilled!

    1. Vanessa

      Lindsey, I just envisioned you playing with playdough (by yourself) and your spouse comes home and gives you a confused look. Haha! It’s pretty fun stuff! I’m sure your nieces would have a blast with it!

  4. Oana

    My son will love this. Looks really smooth and easy to work with, just like play-doh. We’ll definitely make this asap!

    1. Vanessa

      Oana, I hope you and your son have a fun time with this playdough. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Sandra

    Hi do you have a measurement for how much this recipe yields for a finished product? I’m looking to make several pounds of play dough for party favors for my daughter’s birthday and I’m trying to figure out how much to make. Thanks!

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Sandra! This batch of playdough, would be great for party favors! I can’t say exactly, how much it yields. It does make enough, to fit in a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Start with one batch and see if that would be enough. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Kristy

    Thank you Vanessa! As an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for pre-school children I am always on the quest for learning activities that involve the senses. The children are drawn to playdough and will stay focused and attend. It is oh so calming. I make new playdough every weekend for the classroom, each time with a little twist. This week I am adding baby oil, last week I added grape kool-aid and the week before I used lemon juice. I am always trying to engage as many senses as possible when teaching!
    You have made my life easier with a BIG recipe. I think I will ask the children to request a color of glitter and they can knead it in the playdough tomorrow!

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Kristy!
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I agree – children are drawn to playdough. It’s a fun activity for everyone! I like your ideas, of adding different ingredients. Then the kids can give feedback and interact on the different types of playdough – from the week before!

      I’m glad you found this recipe – to make a BIG batch of playdough. It’s very easy to prepare and is enough for an entire class to enjoy! :-)

      Happy teaching!

  7. Dana

    Hi. Thanks for posting your recipe. I made a batch tonight and found that I needed to add a lot more than 5 cups of flour. I was a little worried at first, but the consistency finally formed a dough ball. After I added the food paste gel coloring, the dough became a little tacky again. Can you add more flour to it after you add the food color? I used Americolor food color I found on Amazon.

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Dana!
      Adding more flour should be fine, the color may become a little lighter. Also, if the weather is rainy and humid – you will need to add more flour.

      At first, while the mixture is hot – it seems like it won’t come together. But, after kneading and once the mixture has completely cooled, it will become playdough. If it ever feels sticky, just add more flour. :-)

      1. Dana

        Thanks Vanessa. I believe it was humid last night as it is raining here this morning. I will add some flour and see how that works.

  8. 3LittleBirds

    Thank you so much for sharing! I wanted to make a big batch for my Sunday School class to use (10 kids ages 5-8 years) and this made a nice sized chunk for each kid, probably the size of a softball for all ten children. It was quick and easy to do, too!

    1. Vanessa

      Hi 3LittleBirds,
      I’m glad to hear that this recipe worked out for you!