Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Fun for the Kids...the BEST Homemade Playdough!

Before you roll your eyes and think "Oh boy...Homemade Playdough"...this is different then the standard recipe.  Usually you are left with a "playdough" that falls apart and quickly dries up, not with this recipe!  If you store it in an air tight container it will last for 6 months or more! I personally like my batch of Homemade Playdough better than the store bought kind!  You know you want to try it, look how great it comes out......

First Gather Your Ingredients and Supplies:
  • 1 & 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 C Water
  • 1/4 C Salt
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tarter
  • Food Coloring (optional but fun)
  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Cooking Spoon (wooden would probably work better than the one I chose)
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
Prep Time :

Varies depending on how much math and home economics you want to teach your children while doing this activity (teachable moments galore) as well as how good you are at kneading dough and how well your stove works.  It took me roughly 25 minutes from start to finish.

Have your little ones help you measure out your ingredients, then add them to the sauce pan, minus the food coloring.  It doesn't really matter what order you do this in, just as long as it all goes in the pan.  This is a great math lesson by the way!

Once you have added the ingredients to the sauce pan turn the stove to medium heat and start slowly stirring.  Your mixture should start to look the photo below in a couple minutes.  You will want to continue stirring as it heats up and make sure that you keep stirring the entire time. 

At this point you can add in the food coloring if you wish to do so.  I used Neon Food Coloring, but you could also use a Kool Aid packet if you had one on hand.  If you wanted you could also add extract to the mix to give it a fun smell, but that may simply encourage your children to eat, rather than play with your finished product.  Don't forget to keep stirring!

As you stir your mixture will change colors and start to thicken.  It took me about 10 minutes for my mixture to resemble the one below after adding the food coloring to the mix. 

You will want to continue to heat and slowly stir your mixture until you have a "clump" of playdough that roughly resembles the one pictured below.  It did take a few minutes for mine to get to this point, maybe another 5 minutes from the previous photo. It will get harder to stir as you go, so consider this a workout too mom!

Once you reach this point you can remove the playdough from the sauce pan.  It will be pretty warm and potentially hot to the touch so do this carefully!  I had to let my batch cool for a couple minutes before I could comfortably handle it.  When the playdough is warm rather than hot to to the touch you can focus on kneading the dough.  You will find it to be a little "sticky" at first, but hang in there and keep kneading, it's consistency will change as time goes by.  And you thought you would have to go to the gym to work out those biceps today! 

You may need to add a little more flour if you find that your kneading still results in some "sticking" of the dough to your hands.  Just make sure additional flour is added in small quantities so that you do not add to much to the mixture.  After a few minutes you should have a perfect ball of the BEST Homemade Playdough ever!  Feel free to jazz it up with some glitter too! (I think I may be doing that myself.)

 Thanks for visiting!  EnJOY your new Fabulous Homemade Playdough!!


  1. This is pretty awesome! I don't think I've ever done homemade playdough. I will definitely have to save your recipe for this summer with my fiance's little one! She'll love this!

    1. Definitely, she will have a blast! As a preschool teacher we would have the parents take turns making playdough for the class but it was always "sub par" this creation is awesome! I'm thinking of making a bunch of it for party favors for Hailey's Birthday! :) Let me know when you try it and how it turns out for you.


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