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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Playdough Recipes

So I wanted to revamp my Playdough recipes section and give it its own "spot" :)

so here's a few that I've been compiling for the past few years.... :) Enjoy ...

Pictures shown..... Rainbow.. or Tye Dye Play dough... and Black Playdough with Glitter !!!!

and if you the kinda of momma who can burn water... you can always buy play dough... there's no shame in that :) .. Heck at Halloween time they make the small sizes to give out as Treats... I buy these at Costco... and let my son and his friend pick out a few colours each ... I dont feel bad using it.. :) I like that it saves me time.. but when i feel the need to make something these are some great recipes I've found ...

My Friend Jen Posted this Cooked version.. I've yet to try it.. but it she made some and its so freaking wonderful !!!!

Combine in saucepan: 1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 1 tsp. cream of tartar

Add and whisk until smooth: 1 cup water 1 Tbsp oil Food coloring (Cake decorators paste or liquid makes great colors)

Cook over medium heat until nearly playdough is nearly ...set. Add: 1 Tbsp. imitation vanilla extract

Stir until vanilla is blended, then remove and knead when cool. Store in Ziploc bag or air tight container.

Note: This is the best playdough recipe I have ever found. The vanilla extract seems improve the texture and adds a nice scent as well
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Cooked Play Dough:
* 3 cups of water
* 3 cups of plain flour
* 1.5 cups of salt
* 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
* 2 tbsp of cream of tartar (or a big squeeze of lemon juice)

* few drops glycerine (for extra shine, stretch and smoothness-optional)

No-Cook Play Dough:
* 1 cup of salt
* 2 cups of plain flour
* 2 tbsp oil
* 2 tbsp cream of tartar
* 1.5 cups boiling water
* few drops of glycerine (for extra shine, stretch and smoothness- optional)

* Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl then knead it until it becomes smooth. and then your ready to Play !!!! if your adding colour.. you can slightly mix it so it looks "marbled " and then let your child finish kneading it or just have some marbled playdough :)

if you don't have Cream of Tartar you can use a squeeze of a Lemon... I find this is the one thing that isnt usually in my fridge .....
glycerine can be found at most drug stores and the odd grocery store too :)

Alternative Recipe for childrens playdough

2 cup cornstarch
2 cup baking soda
1 1/4 cup cold water

Gradually add water till smooth. Heat, stirring constantly until mashed potato consistency. Turn onto plate, cover with damp cloth, let cool. Knead dough.

Uncooked Play dough (salt and flour)

1/4 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/4 cup water

Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water.

Note: Your child will find that this playdough doesn't last as long as the cooked recipes.

Kool-Aid Play Dough

The children will love the smell of this playdough!

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid

Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Wearing gloves, knead for 10 minutes. Store in zip lock bag in refrigerator.


  1. Your hands may smell of the Kool-Aid flavor even with gloves.
  2. Kool-Aid is a powdered drink mix sold in North America. Parents just add sugar and water to make the drink. The powder has both flavoring and color which makes it great for this craft.

To mix things up a bit try adding .......
~ Colour.... food colouring ( I like to use "cake" food colour it doesnt add much moisture to the mix and is often more brilliant in colour than the liquid kind...or liquid paint, Powdered paints can be used too....

~ Flavor or Scent ....peppermint/ strawberry/ coffee (a teaspoon of instant)/lemon/ orange/ vanilla/ herbs or spices ..
these are not so much for "taste" but smell amazing.. We recently made orange Orange playdough and my son LOVED the way it smelled :) and honestly so did I .. I used the "zest" of one whole orange ... it added texture and smelled so YUMMY !!!

~Textures..... *Rice *Flax Seeds *pasta*rock salt* couscous* lentils* sand*coffee grounds*tea leaves*glitter*sequins *beads*

Some fun Combinations....
Black Playdough and Silver Glitter.... this makes the most amazing Esthetically pleasing playdough for those who like a glitter in their dough... :) My Son LOVED this.. he said it was like stars in the dough... this made me think we could add in some shaped glitter too.. I've seen starts.. but i think those might to too "sharp" for play... :) this could be used so talking about the stars and constellations too ....

Tye Dye Play dough....... mix up your dough batch and divide it into 3-5 balls.. then mix one colour into each ball... then roll them into "snakes" and then stwist them together... then roll into a ball... and taaaa daaa.. Tye Dye play dough... .... My son gets a kick out of mixing the colours... and he loves it when the ball starts off some what mixed up :) this was also really good for me I was pretty obsessed with him not mixing the colours at 1st.. and now it doesn't bother me...

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