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Playdough Recipe

Cheap, Easy & Fun!

Use this playdough recipe to make perfectly squishy, colorful dough that will keep for a long time in an airtight container and even longer in your refriderator! You can use old babyfood jars, ziplock bags or any sealed container that locks out air.

Looking for an edible option? One of our readers shared with us her almond butter playdough recipe and it is a good one! You may have had the peanut butter version when you were a kid, but now that most families are delaying or avoiding peanut butter, this almond butter one is a great one to try out!

Using just normal kitchen staples, you'll have some dough for your toddler to squish and play with in no time. The best part is that you know exactly what is in there and if your toddler eats some...that is okay! (Kinda gross, but okay.)

Playdough Recipe Ingredients:

playdough recipe ingredients

  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • food coloring
  • Optional: flavor oil for scent - vanilla, peppermint, lemon, orange, almond, cherry (pick ones with no alcohol, and only flavor oils meant for eating, not essential oils.) You can find these in the baking aisle.

Storage: I happened to have a few baby food jars from a friend of mine and these make perfect little airtight containers for your finished dough. This playdough recipe makes enough to fill six baby food jars.

Step One

playdough recipe instructions

Measure out your ingredients and put them all in a big bowl. Do you need to put things together in a certain order? Nah! It really isn't that complicated. Just dump it all in and mix it up wiht your hands. This recipe is one I've used again and again and get perfect results. However, if you live in a more humid climate you may need to add a pinch more flour. If it is too wet and sticky, add flour. Too dry? Add water. No biggie, you aren't making a soufflé, just playdough.

Step Two

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Now grab a ball of it and make an indent with your finger. Drop a few drops of food coloring in the indent. Carefully fold the dough over and over until the color is well blended, taking care not to get the wet food coloring on your hands. If you are using grocery store food coloring you'll need at least 5 drops for vibrant colors.

Step Three

homemade playdough recipe

Put your colors into airtight containers to store them. I like to keep mine in the fridge, but this isn't necessary. If they start to dry out over time, add a bit of water. This dough will keep just fine for many months.


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Other than just squishing, toddler love to flatten out and cut playdough and press things into it. Use spoons, cookie cutters, sticks...get creative! Enjoy!


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