Make your own Playdough!

This morning the boys wanted to play with playdough, but they quickly became bored with what they had! I decided to make them some new colors and they LOVED it! I also love it because I know what ingredients are in it and I know Koa is going to try and eat some of it! Don’t all kids do that? Or is it just mine!

It is SO easy to make and I had two new colors in less than a ½ hour. I did use grocery store brand food coloring since they aren’t supposed to be eating it. In the future I think I will try using some homemade natural dyes (like beets, clover, blueberries, etc). This time, since it was a spur of the moment decision to make some I just used what I had.

This isn’t my own recipe I will have to admit! I got it from a great little cookbook called “Feed Me I’m Yours; Baby Food made easy! Delicious, nutritious, & fun things you can cook up for your kids!” by Vicki Lansky. A dear friend of mine gave this book to me as a gift and I’ve loved it! It does have great recipes for baby food and kid friendly meals and also a great section on arts and crafts with things that are already around the house!

A few notes about the recipe: I often make a full recipe, but divide it in half before adding the food coloring so that we get two different colors! I also made the red playdough about 3 years ago and it is still good as long as it’s stored in an air tight container. The green and blue we made today!

Stove-Top Playdough:

1 cup white flour
¼ cup salt
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup of water
2 teaspoons vegetable food coloring
1 tablespoon oil

Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a medium pot. Add water, food coloring and oil. Cook and stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes. Mixture will look like a globby mess and you’ll be sure it’s not turning out, but it will. When it forms a ball in the center of the pot, turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface. (I don’t flour the surface; I just roll it around and knead it in my hands.) Store in an air-tight container or plastic bag.

2 thoughts on “Make your own Playdough!

  1. I started making my own playdough about a year ago and my kids love it! They bring it out to create all the time. And yes they have tasted it too!! I am always catching them licking it. But I’m not to worried about it since I know what’s in it!!!


    1. Isn’t that the greatest! Knowing what they are putting in their mouth, even if it isn’t really supposed to go there!


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