How to Make Homemade Playdough

What’s to not love about playdough? The youngsters love enjoying with it, and we mothers love the hands-on exploration and engagement it supplies. As a mother and former elementary instructor, pulling out the playdough has usually been a surefire strategy to knock out boredom with my children or college students, relax an emotional little one, or hold little ones busy after I must get a fast process performed.

My son (Fitz, 5 years outdated) and I attempted making our personal playdough right now, and we wish to share the recipe and suggestions with you! I’m not one to be that nice within the kitchen, so I promise you, if I could make an ideal batch of selfmade playdough, you’ll be able to too!

Why Make Your Personal Playdough?

There are just a few advantages that we discovered to creating our personal playdough! I didn’t consider some till we made it ourselves, and we’re so glad we did.

  • If saved correctly, it will probably last more than store-bought playdough. Put it in a Ziplock bag positioned in an hermetic plastic container.
  • It’s cheaper than shopping for store-bought playdough, particularly in case your children are actually into it and use it usually. All you want are easy components, and also you in all probability have them available already!
  • It smells so significantly better! I strongly dislike the scent of store-bought playdough, and the selfmade variety smells recent and doughy.
  • You may as well add your personal scents to make the odor even higher. Simply add your most popular scented extract to your subsequent playdough batch!
  • Youngsters love mixing and making their very own enjoyable colours. You will get totally different shades aside from what’s bought on the retailer.
  • It’s actually enjoyable to make collectively. Fitz liked being a part of the method, and he was such helper.
  • Anytime your children are cooking within the kitchen with you, you’ll be able to name it a science lesson! We talked about how the totally different components work collectively to serve a function for the dough. Enjoyable + studying is a win-win, for my part!

No-Bake Selfmade Playdough Recipe

We used this recipe that makes use of boiling water as a substitute of baking. We favored it as a result of it made small batches so we may shortly and simply make just a few totally different colours.


  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
    • We selected a advantageous salt in order that it blended in higher. The salt is important to maintain your playdough more energizing for longer.
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
    • This helps to make your dough good and stretchy. If you happen to discover your dough is simply too robust, you’ll be able to add some extra cream of tartar to make it extra malleable.
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • Meals dye: Gel will make your colours brighter, and the common liquid shall be extra pastel.
  • (Optionally available) extract: We liked making our playdough odor like fruit! Strawberry and lemon extract is straightforward to search out and smells so good. You would additionally use almond, vanilla, or cinnamon or add drops of important oils when you’ve got them.

The Steps

First, whisk the dry components (flour, salt, and cream of tartar) collectively in a plastic bowl. Then, push them to the sting of the bowl to make a effectively within the heart of the bowl.

Then add the moist components (boiling water and vegetable oil) into the effectively.

This was additionally once we added the meals coloring and scented extract. As we speak we used strawberry for our crimson and lemon for our yellow playdough. (We saved the blue with no scent so we may see what it naturally smelled like . . . and it was so good too!) After including the moist components, use a spatula to combine till the dough begins forming.

Then we used our arms to additional knead the dough collectively. It would be best to make certain all the colour will get blended in evenly too. Having disposable gloves available was useful as a result of the dough shall be scorching as a result of boiling water. It additionally retains your arms from getting coloured by the dye because it mixes in. Fitz liked this half!

That’s it! You might have your selfmade playdough. You possibly can at all times alter any components if needed:

  • If it’s too sticky, you’ll be able to add some flour.
  • Including extra boiling water will assist if it’s too dry.
  • If you happen to want it to be stretchier, add a splash extra of the cream of tartar.

Taking part in along with your selfmade dough.

You don’t need to have fancy or costly gear to have enjoyable along with your selfmade playdough! These are our favourite (and easy!) methods to play:

  • Get out cookie cutters and make shapes that go together with the season.
  • Use forks and spoons to make shapes, mildew the dough, and add texture.
  • Different kitchen instruments, like ice cream scoopers, tongs, and spatulas, permit for scooping, spreading, and different exploration!

Lastly, don’t overlook to offer a delegated playdough play space to maintain issues contained and simple to select up. A cookie sheet works for a fast and small workspace. We additionally usually use a foam board that we tuck away and might simply pull out to reuse. Or, unfold out a splat mat on the bottom for a bigger house which you could simply wash after play!

Our last ranking: 10/10! We liked making our personal playdough, and Fitz already has concepts on what colours and smells he desires to strive subsequent. What do you suppose — would you make your personal selfmade playdough? We’d like to know if you happen to strive it!

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