Six Simple Recipes for Homemade Playdough

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Little kids love playing with mud, goo, playdough and pretty much anything else they can get their hands on – – er, in. While you can always go to the store and buy playdough, have you ever thought about making your own and letting the kids help? 

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‘Mother and Son’ photo courtesy Chris Parfitt via Flickr

Making your own playdough is not hard. All you need are a few common ingredients, a couple of minutes and children who are willing to have some fun! In fact, not only is playing with playdough fun, it also allows your children to express themselves artistically, as well as improves fine motor skills, concentration, and creativity. Below are several different homemade playdough recipes. Some call for more ingredients than others, some take a few extra minutes to make, but all provide hours of fun!  Just remember, once finished playing, store the playdough in an air tight container, but do not put in the refrigerator. Also, if your dough sweats a little from high humidity, just add in a little extra flour.

1. Colored Playdough – please note, this recipe has a high salt content, keep away from pets!

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 TBS cream of tartar
1 TBS vegetable oil
1 cup water
food coloring

Instructions
1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a medium saucepan, mixing well.
2. Heat slowly, stirring continuously until warm.
3. Remove from heat, then add in the flour.
4. Stir continuously until it begins to thicken, then knead until smooth.
5. Remove from pan, allow to cool before playing.

2. Kool-aid Playdough – a personal favorite as it smells great and is quite flexible!

Ingredients
1/2 cup salt
2 cups water
1 package Kool-Aid powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups sifted flour
2 tablespoons alum

Instructions
1. Combine salt and water in a medium saucepan and boil until salt completely dissolves.
2. Remove from heat, add in Kool-Aid flavor of choice.
3. Next, add the oil, flour and alum, and begin mixing.
4. Then knead until smooth.

3. Uncooked Play Dough

Ingredients
1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Tempera paint or food coloring
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions
1. in a bowl mix the water, salt, oil and enough food coloring until you get a bright color.
2. Gradually add in the flour and cornstarch, mixing until it reaches the consistency of bread dough.
3. Play!

4. Salt Playdough – again, please keep this away from pets due to the high salt content.

Ingredients
1 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup flour plus additional flour

Instructions
1. In a large saucepan, combine salt, water, and flour and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
2. Once the mixture becomes thick and rubbery, remove from heat.
3. As the mixture cools, knead in enough flour until you reach a workable consistency.

5. Nutter Butter Playdough

Ingredients
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup honey
1 cup oatmeal

Instructions
1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients.
2. Mix and knead until all ingredients are combined and you get a dough-like consistency.

6. Glitter Playdough

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 TBS vegetable oil
2 tsp cream of tartar
food coloring
glitter

Instructions
1. Mix all ingredient except for the glitter, in a large saucepan.
2. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough forms a ball.
3. Remove from heat and add glitter.
4. Knead well until all lumps are gone and the dough is smooth.