Playdough Recipes

and Homemade Playdough Projects

Playdough Creations

Children love to mess around in the kitchen, and they love crafts. Commercially produced playdough has been around for years, and it is still as popular with both children and parents today as it was decades ago. Although you can purchase playdough in the store, you and your children will also enjoy making it at home. I have seen many variations of homemade playdough recipes over the years, but here are three that my own family has used and enjoyed. One of my grown daughters still makes her own playdough for her elementary age children.

Ingredients for Homemade Playdough Projects

1 cup boiling water

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Put all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until the salt and cream of tartar are mixed well with the flour. Then, gently pour in the boiling water and add the vegetable oil. Keep stirring until it is too thick to easily use a spoon. It will be very hot at first but, once it is cool enough to touch, knead it with your hands until it is the desired consistency. Add food coloring. If you add it with the water, the color will be consistent throughout the dough. If you add it afterwards, you can create a streaky look. Store in a plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or two, or until it becomes dry and crumbly. Then … make some more!

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Microwave Cream of Tartar Playdough

If you don't want to use boiling water, you may choose to use this recipe instead. It's so easy, that older elementary children can make it by themselves!

1 cup flour

1 cup water

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

Have all the ingredients at room temperature. Mix them together, then pop the mixture into the microwave and heat at full power for about one minute. Take it out and stir. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Take it out and stir. Repeat until the mixture is the dough consistency that you want. Add a little food coloring either before or after you have cooked it.

Homemade Playdough the Kids Can Eat

This recipe for playdough must be cooked, so it requires adult supervision. However, if you find that your children keep eating the playdough, you may want to try this one. Although it is salty, they can eat small amounts of it and you don't need to be concerned. The ingredients are similar to the other recipes, except you must cook it.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar

1 package of unsweetened Kool-Aid Mix

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

First mix the dry ingredients together in a pan. Add the water and oil. Cook on the burner at medium heat until it begins to look and feel like dough. Let it cool before the children begin to handle it.

Playdough Creations

It is easy to add you own colors to the playdough by using food coloring. This allows you to make the colors as dark or light as you wish. You can have fun making a variety of creations with your playdough. For example, some people enjoy making playdough ornaments for their Christmas tree. Although they may only last for a season or two, children will have a ball creating their own unique ornaments. You can also teach children to roll out the dough, much as they would if they were making a pie crust, and then use cookie cutters as playdough cutters to create different patterns. Children will find hundreds of creative projects they can do with playdough … making little bowls, snakes and other fun sculptures!

Storage for Homemade Playdough

We have always stored our playdough in a plastic bag, or a small container with a lid, and kept it in the refrigerator. The advantage of a plastic bag is that you can squeeze out a lot of the air, so the dough does not dry out too quickly. It will usually last for a week or two, depending on how much time your children have spent playing with it and how long it has been left out.

This homemade playdough is so much fun to make and use, that you and your children will enjoy fixing it again when your last batch starts to become dry and crumbly. Each time, you will want to try to make different colors and use different recipes.

If you enjoy cooking, doing crafts, and having fun with your children, you may also want to read:

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