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Since its invention in the 1930s, playdough has become one of the most popular arts and crafts materials used in school and at home. While the storebought stuff is usually readily available, playdough is also easy to make at home. It only takes 5 to 10 minutes to make and requires a few simple ingredients, making it a great option if you want to cook up hours of entertainment for your kids.

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1. What you'll need

For a basic playdough recipe, you will need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (coconut oil and baby oil work as well)
  • Food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar (optional)

This will make enough playdough for 1 to 3 people to play with, or enough for an art project.

Flour and water, the main ingredients for playdough, being mixed in a bowl. vinicef / Getty Images
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