Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Playdough Recipe!

Homemade playdough is the best kind of playdough, in my opinion. When my mom made playdough it always outlasted the store bought stuff by a long shot.
If you make the three primary colors; blue, yellow, and red, you can do blending to create all sorts of colors!
Playdough can also be a fun learning tool for young children! My son, who is not quite two years old, was repeating the colors and shapes back to me. He seemed to pick them up very quickly!

Colored Playdough

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour
  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until hot.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

I made three 1/2 batches of playdough. To make each color I added:


 40 drops of red food coloring to a 1/2 batch of playdough.


30 drops of blue food coloring to a 1/2 batch of playdough.


20 drops of yellow food coloring to a 1/2 batch of playdough.

I rinsed my pot out between batches so as not to contaminate any of the colors.

I hope you give this a try if you have small children in your life!


Sarah said...

My little girl loves play dough too! Almost every morning she asks me to set her up at the table with her play dough and some music. : ) My mom used to make homemade play dough when I was little and I haven't made any for my daughter yet. That must change soon!! I will be sure to use your recipe. My sister shared an idea with me; she allows her little boy to borrow her garlic press to use with his play dough. I let Jemimah borrow my garlic press today and she loved it! May you have a blessed day!!

A Heart of Praise said...

Play dough is so much fun for the children! I've made it before, but it's been awhile ago. I love all the colours you made! If I make it agin I'll probably only make one colour, with all five of our little ones playing with it, it tends to get mixed up pretty fast if they have lots of colours.

Haley Smith said...

Jerusha hasn't been enjoying the play dough you sent her! Thank you so much :)