Our Favorite Homemade PlayDough Recipe
Today we played with homemade playdough!
This summer I have been helping Anissa out one or two days a week by spending time with my little man while she works. I don’t keep a gazillion toys around my house. We have a little box of cars and trains and his ride on tractor. Other than those few things, there isn’t much for him to play with at Gigi’s house. So, when he is here, I try to find fun and inexpensive things we can do together to keep him occupied.
A few weeks ago, Anissa mentioned that she had picked up some playdough for him to try out. That got me to thinking about the time that Sarah and I made homemade playdough. We had just moved to Ashland and she wanted some playdough. We have limited shopping options in town -and neither of the stores had playdough, So we decided we would try to make some. I found this recipe online and we gave it a shot. It worked out great, so I stored it away. The next time Little A came over, I pulled out the recipe and we set out to make him some playdough.
This is the recipe we used:
Homemade Playdough Recipe
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 2 Tbsp of Oil (you can use vegetable oil, canola oil, coconut oil, olive oil- basically any oil you would normally cook with)
- 1/2 Cup of Salt
- 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
- Pour 2 cups of flour into a bowl.
- Add 1/2 cup of salt, 2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar, 2 Tbsp. of oil.
- Pour in the boiling water. (It gets pretty Hot so make sure the little ones keep their hands out of it until it cools.
- Mix all the ingredients together until they form the dough.
And that’s it! You now have your very own playdough.
Now, store bought playdough comes in a wide variety of colors and we all know it’s more fun if you have lots of colors to play with. If you want to add color to your playdough, you can use food dye. It can be liquid or gel. I have read that the gel colors are more vibrant, but I did not have any on hand to try out.
To Add Color to Your Playdough:
- Let your playdough cool.
- Once it has cooled, separate your dough into smaller pieces (for as many colors as you want to make) and roll it into balls.
- Make an indention in the ball to pour your dye into. You can mix dye colors if you want to make another color.
- Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed. Make sure to protect your counter and your hands to keep from staining with the dye.
Little A and I made four colors of playdough. He is still new to the concept so he mostly just wanted to touch it and mash it down. We pulled out a few utensils and I showed him how to use the biscuit cutters to make circles with it. We had fun making things like pretend carrots, french fries and we even made a taco!
When we were done playing with our playdough, we put it in these little IKEA PRUTA Food Storage Containers so that it doesn’t dry out and we can play with it next time he comes.
The best part about the homemade playdough is that it is Non-Toxic. Little A did take a small taste, but it’s super salty so he made a little face and decided it was more fun to play with than eat.