Homemade Playdough Recipe

Homemade Playdough Recipe

We made playdough with friends the other day and it reminded me how much I love our homemade playdough recipe. For one, it’s a lot of fun to let Beach Girl help “cook” her own batch – especially if she gets to try and make it her “fav-or-ite cul-lah”, purple. But even more than that, I really appreciate knowing that if when my kids sneak a little playdough “snack”, they’re not ingesting anything all that bad. (What is it about playdough that compels kids to eat it?)

Here’s the recipe we use, which is based off of this one from Simple Mom:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice (The original recipe calls for 1/2tsp cream of tartar, but we don’t usually have that in the house. Lemon juice seems to work well as a substitute.)

Mix everything in a saucepan over low heat until it gets doughy. Then take it out and knead it on a floured surface until it cools down. Break it up into pieces for as many colors as you want, then add few drops of food coloring to each lump and work the color in.

Hand it off to your kids and let the rolling of the logs/worms/snakes commence!

To store our playdough, I wrap each color in Saranwrap and store them in a plastic Ziplock bag in the refrigerator.  This makes a great activity for those stir-crazy, hot summer days.


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