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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homemade Playdough

It has been a rainy week in our corner of Virginia.  I think Monday was nice, but all the other days have threatened rain and/or poured.  By day three, the kids were seriously needing some sort of diversion, so my son and I created some homemade playdough while Baby Kate was napping yesterday.  We used this recipe, but modified it with whole wheat flour (a staple in our home), so our colors were a bit off.  Oh well, it still tastes works the same. (recipe follows)

Start with this...
and a silly boy...

measure it out...
mix it up, over medium heat...
Alex said it looked a bit like goop.
When it forms a ball, dump it out.
Divide and Color
Don't forget to wash those hands!

  • plain white flour – 1 cup
  • salt – 1/2 cup
  • cream of tartar – 2 tsp
  • water – 1 cup
  • cooking oil – 1 tsp
  • food coloring
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a pot until the mixture is smooth and one solid color
  • The official recipe says, "bring to a boil over medium heat." However, I don't see how a lump of goo can boil.  So, heat it up until the playdough goops together into a ball, stirring continuously so it doesn't burn.
  • Dump it out on the counter.
  • Divide it into chunks and add food coloring.  
  • Knead for a few minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • Play!
  • When finished, store in a baggie.


  1. That looks like so much fun. I love the pic of the colored fingers and hands.
    Definitely bookmarking this...for rainy day blues.

  2. Play Doh is the best, as long as they don't eat it, correctamundo? SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

    Take Another Little Piece of My Heart Now, Baby

  3. This was a great project and, unlike the 'real' play doh, this is completely and naturally edible, should your toddler decide to snack on it like mine did.

  4. did baby girl's hands change colors while playing with the finished product?

  5. No. Alex's and my hands only turned because we kneaded in the food coloring. After the coloring was set and the dough was cool, it didn't "leak" any color at all.

  6. Oooh we love homemade playdough! So much fun. And your photos are awesome! Lovely lovely!

    Thank you so much for linking up with Kids Get Crafty! Hope to see you again next week (link goes up Wednesday, open all week!!)



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