Making Homemade Playdough

Last weekend the girls and I made homemade playdough.  The recipe has been stuck to the fridge for months and we finally got around to actually doing it.  So my two helpers were……drum roll, please…..

M doing the measuring:


And Z doing the stirring.  Well, she stirred until it got too hot for her to.  Winking smile


The ingredients are pretty simple; flour, salt, veggie oil, cream of tartar and food coloring.  I printed the recipe off so long ago, and after a computer failure I don’t have the original link anymore for where I found it.  So I apologize, deeply, for not giving credit where credit is due for this recipe.


M got a little crazy with the stirring and got flour all over the place.  LOL!

I failed to take a pic of the first process, but basically we mixed the water, salt and food coloring in the pot and let it boil for a while.  It seems like the water got really saturated with the salt cuz a good bit of the salt didn’t really dissolve, so after a while of it boiling like that we decided to just start adding the flour.  Z wanted it to be pink so we picked the combination on the food coloring box and M, instead of letting it drop into the pot gave it a good squeeze each time.  At first we thought we were going to end up with black playdough because she put so much coloring in.  LOL!  Then after a little while it started looking more like dark purple.


When we first started adding the flour it look like it was gonna stay lumpy, but it smoothed out after we started using the sifter.


It didn’t take long before it got really difficult to mix, so we had to switch from the whisk to a wooden spoon.


The directions said to stir it on low heat until the dough started pulling away from the pan and was not so sticky anymore.  Well, neither of that happened before we just couldn’t stir it any longer.  So we just had to stop.  We dumped it out on the counter to cool.

Once it was cool enough to touch I kneaded it a little, as you would with bread dough, and moved it to a bowl where I covered it with a dishtowel and let it sit over-night.  And the next afternoon……….




Just store it in a freezer bag.  This is a gallon size bag, so you can see how much this makes.  But they will have playdough forever!!  Next batch we’ll try for a different color.  I also plan to experiment with other recipes as well.  I’ll let you know how those go.


3 responses to “Making Homemade Playdough

  1. looks like you ladies had a fun time! 😉

  2. you all looked like you are having such a great time!

  3. Really nice! I want to try this with my kids!

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