Since I am a mom of 2 littles, playdough is a pretty common thing in our home. I used to buy the expensive “Play-Doh,” until my mom gave me a couple of great simple playdough recipes. After making the first batch, I realized it was ridiculous I had spent so much money on the premade stuff. What is that stuff made of anyway?! It doesn’t even smell safe.
Now I make a healthier, safer alternative to store-bought Play-Doh that is safe for little ones.
Prep Time: 5 minutes.
Cook Time: 5 minutes.
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Water
- 2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
- 1/3 Cup of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- Food Coloring/ Natural Coloring
- Knead in Essential Oil for smell if preferred, after it is cooked (I love adding peppermint and lavender!)
Mix everything together in a sauce pan. If you are going to add food coloring, add it in as well. Cook over low-medium heat while stirring. After several minutes of stirring, the playdough will suddenly thicken. Keep stirring until no liquid is left. Take the pan off of the stove and let cool for a few minutes. All you have to do after that is knead it so it becomes a smooth dough. Then it is ready for smooshing and mashing, and all of that fun stuff! When the kiddos are done playing, I always store it in a baggie in the refrigerator so it lasts longer.
My mom also had a Peanut Butter Playdough recipe in the back of her old recipe book. She used to make this stuff when I was very little. It’s pretty great because you don’t actually have to cook anything and it only takes a couple of ingredients.
Peanut Butter Playdough
Prep Time: 5 minutes.
Cook Time: 0 minutes.
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1 Cup Dry Milk Powder
Add all three ingredients together, and mix well until the playdough becomes the proper consistency. Store in a baggie in the refrigerator for future use. Easy peasy 🙂
Always remember that you have little helpers that will learn just as much from measuring and cooking their playdough with you, as they will playing with it once it’s finished!
I also have a Pinterest Board dedicated to Playdough Fun! All of the pins contain free printables for playdough mats. Click here to check them out: Free Playdough Mat Printables. I haven’t invested in a laminator yet, so I just use cheap plastic page protectors, and they work to protect the paper perfectly.