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Homemade Playdough

Posted on: August 3, 2011

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After all our playdough dried up recently, I decided to make some rather than buy more. I’d heard of some friends having made playdough in the past, mentioning to me how easy it was. Turns out, it’s easier than they let on.

There are lots of recipes online if you just google “homemade playdough”, however, I went with this recipe :: Flour Playdough

Playdough Ingredients 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
  • food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)

I only used 3/4 cup of salt because I didn’t have enough on hand. Actually, turns out, I had two more packages of salt sitting in my pantry that I completely forgot about {thanks pregnant brain!}. I don’t think that 1/4 cup made any real difference, so feel free to cut back if you want.

Keep in mind, this playdough is totally kid safe {depending on your view of food coloring}, so no need to freak if they eat it. Though I should warn, your dog might try to eat it too. Not that Jack would ever do that.

First step ::

Cook flour, water, salt, oil and cream of tartar on low heat.

After a bit {maybe 10 minutes}, it will start to form a ball

Keep cooking until it is no longer sticky, but still pliable

Second step ::

Remove from pot and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, knead it like bread until soft and pliable

Divide ball into as many pieces as you’d like

Third step :: 

Add food coloring

Knead the ball until the coloring has spread throughout. You might need to add more as you go

Here’s my final product ::

This was super easy. I think older kids could help out just fine, though my girls only watched {since Hannah is still too little to help}.

Have you ever made homemade playdough?

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9 Responses to "Homemade Playdough"

I always love seeing step-by-step photo instructions for recipes! My mom always used to make homemade playdoh for us when we were little but I’ve yet to try it on my own (I never have cream of tartar sauce on hand). Looks easy enough though :).

There are a few recipes I found that don’t call for cream of tartar. And I think you could easily follow this recipe and leave it out.

However, you should totally buy some, if for snickerdoodles this fall/Christmas. 😉

We’re not quiet ready for playdoh but I’ll remember this when we are. Great photo tutorial!

Turned out so much better than most of the homemade dough I’ve seen in the past. I’ve never tried it myself though!

Oh how resourceful!! This is such a awesome idea and it turned out looking great. I know the girls will have fun playing with it especially after getting to watch you make it!!

My mom used to make a playdough recipe very similar to this. My sister still raves about how fun it was, and how much she enjoyed eating it 🙂

Brown playdough Sarah? That is just asking your kids to make piles of poop! 😉 Sorry, but that is all I could think when I saw that last pic.

Haha! So far, that’s not even a thought that has crossed Julia or Hannah’s mind.

This has been on my to-do list for ages. We had a lot of pay dough at one point, but my son seems to think its fun to lick it. Ewww. Had to throw it all away. I’m hoping I’ve procrastinated long enough on this that he’s outgrown it by now. Thanks for doing the step by step tutorial!

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