Put simply, I love playdough. But I love homemade playdough even more! It’s cheap, easy to make, and you can control the ingredients (store-bought playdough generally contains wheat ingredients which is not so great for those with allergies). It makes a great party favor or birthday gift. It’s also a great project for a rainy afternoon (or scorching summer afternoon in our part of the country).
There are a ton of recipes out there for playdough. You can make it as generic or as fancy as you like when you do it at home. I like to add glitter, food coloring, and cooking extracts (like peppermint or vanilla). Smells like heaven and looks very fancy!
Here’s my favorite generic recipe:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
2 cups warm water
- food coloring or unsweetened drink mix (smells good and adds color)
- glitter (I wouldn’t add this until kids are a bit older and there is no danger of them eating it)
- cooking extracts (like vanilla, peppermint, orange, etc)
Step by Step With Pictures
Mix all ingredients together and stir over low heat until it begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
It’ll look like playdough all of a sudden. It should feel like playdough (i.e. not too sticky). If it still feels sticky, it needs to cook for another minute or two.
Voila! It’s done and you are ready to play! Takes less than 10 minutes start to finish (not including playtime of course).
Do you make playdough at home? Tell me about it!