Homemade Playdough

One thing we’ve always wanted to make was homemade playdough.  That seems to be a rite of passage for most moms.  We made that dough in the picture.  Why “102”?  Because that’s how hot it is outside, so we’re staying in, again. But, that’s not such a bad thing when you have something fun to do.  And this was fun.

We already have Play-Doh canisters coming out of our ears.  But, I recall when my daughter was in daycare, the ladies running it made their own.  It smelled really nice and was far more supple than what you buy in stores.  The told me it was because of the orange juice they added to the dough.

I looked online and saw many recipes for playdough, many required cooking.  I was not interested in anything too involved.  I wanted something the kids could do all by themselves.  I found this site:


Simple.  It called for:

  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/2 C Salt
  • 1 C Flour
  • Food Coloring
The kids each got a bowl that I filled with half that amount.  They stirred and kneaded the dough themselves.  I made another batch separately.
Step 1:  Mix

Step 2:  Add coloring.  (You can add colored juices, instead for a more natural dough.  I didn’t have any.)

Step 3:  Knead the color into the dough.  If you are concerned about messes or stains, lay down some newspaper, put an apron on your kid, or do what we do to color cream cheese or frostings:  put the dough in a ziplock baggy and add some coloring before sealing.  Have the kids work the dough through the bag to mix.

And there it is!  I like the colors.  And the salt gives the dough a glisten that’s pretty.

The properties are different than commercial play dough.  It’s not as sticky.

If I could bottle this talent……

These are the snowmen my daughter and I made.  Kind of funny we chose to make snowmen in Laredo.  Must be wishful thinking.  🙂

I asked a bunch of moms what they do when they make playdough at home and here are some pretty cool suggestions!

  • Do scents by Season.  Add canned pumpkin in the fall.  Make peppermint dough in the winter using peppermint extract.
  • Make Kool-aid scented and colored playdough.
  • You can add glitter.
  • Use natural food dyes like carrot, beet, spinach or orange juice.
  • Bake creations at 300 degrees for an hour and then paint them.
Any other cool homemade playdough ideas?  Please feel free to share them here!
Happy Crafting!  Hope it’s good.  But, if it’s not.  That’s okay.

21 Responses to Homemade Playdough

  1. Hey, I can blog about the dichotomy of beautiful prose versus loathesome subject in the arguably most beautiful yet disturbing novel ever written about exploited and controversially provocative Lolita and sympathetic pedophile Humbert Humbert. Or, we could debate the merits of superstring theory and why scientists haven’t yet found a way to support the Grand Unified Theory. But, I’d rather talk about making play dough. And I’d like to show off my excellent snow man. 🙂

    • Well It was a compliment 😀 . I would actually like to see a Grand Unified Theory and it’s effects on making a perfect toast .
      Or the dichotomy (What the heck is that ? splitting some thing in two?? ) of sunday Pearls before swine comic strip .
      yes I openly hate intellectuals (I am a Hypocrite too)

      • hahahaha! Well, you can be the anti-intellectual who writes about thermodynamics and techie gadgetron upgrades who no one will think is brilliant. 🙂 haha! I know you were joking! So was I…. 🙂 dichotomy- when two concepts clash….at least, I read that somewhere. 🙂 And, a Grand Unified Theory would be nice already- I mean, what’s so hard about making a cohesive theory encompassing the weak and strong nuclear forces, electromagnetism and gravity? I don’t get it. hahaha!

  2. Bridget- I have patience for a lot of things- say, to make a 10 step buttermilk cake- or to sort the kids clothes by season and size or to index kids’ activities in Laredo- But, I’m afraid, I don’t have much patience when it comes to crafting. The only thing that saves my kids is that I don’t mind messy play because we have tile floors! If we couldn’t make messes, they’d be screwed. haha! If you try it, let me know! 🙂

  3. Can’t wait for my baby to get home from school so we can try this!! My husband, baby and two other toddlers are a little sick today ….gotta lift their spirits!!!)

  4. Thank you! Just about to look up recipe for playdough to play with twins, Chase & Jenny, 29-month-old, and here it is! I remember so well making playdough when my kids (now in their 30s were little) and now I get to play with grandkids, other children/families, playful adults!

    • You’re welcome! This was so easy and the kids were so impressed that they helped to make it themselves! In plastic baggies, it really lasted a long time!

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    • Danielle- Of course! I’m so thankful you included it in your round-up- and those stress balls are so cool you made!

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