This homemade playdough recipe is simple, natural, and perfect for entertaining children. They enjoy making it almost as much as they enjoy playing with it!
A Natural Homemade Playdough Recipe
My family members love to get my girls Play-Doh® for their birthdays and Christmas. It always makes my girls happy. I don’t mind it too much either – my kids get to use their hands to be creative in their play, and I always consider that a good thing.
There’s a problem with Play-Doh® though, and that problem is that it never lasts long at our house. The bright pink mixes with the soft yellow and the blue and orange mesh into a mess, and before I’ve even realized what’s happening, we are stuck with seven cans of murky brown Play-Doh®.
And as if the murky brownness isn’t enough, my kids have a tendency to drop significant percentages of it on the floor. By the time they’re finished playing and ready to put their Play-Doh® away, half of it is dried out and has to be swept up.
For that reason, I don’t often buy it. It’s good fun, yes, but I don’t typically spend money on things that I know won’t last long. Sure, store-bought play dough comes with cool playsets and amazing colors, but I just can’t bring myself to buy it when I know that I can make an inexpensive playdough recipe at home.
A search for a homemade playdough recipe will yield several results. But many contain ingredients that I don’t typically have on hand, so I opt for the simplest possible recipe. What I use could probably even be considered a salt dough recipe, but with a little extra flour, it becomes soft enough to play with for hours.
Homemade PlayDough Recipe
- 1 cup of flour (whatever kind you have on hand)
- ¼ cup of salt
- ½ cup of water
- 3 to 5 drops of natural food coloring (I use this brand)
- Mix together the flour and the salt.
- Mix together ½ cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.
- Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.
Homemade Playdough Recipe Video
Ideas for Using Your Homemade Playdough
If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll enjoy playing with the homemade playdough, but they’ll want a few toys to play with, too. I might not be able to come up with an intricate, all-plastic ice cream parlor or anything, but I can hand them some good old-fashioned kitchen utensils that make them just as happy. These are a few of the things I give my kids to use with their playdough:
- Rolling pins
- Cookie cutters
- Mason jar rings
- Biscuit cutters
Eventually, the homemade playdough will stop holding your kids’ interest. This means you’ll have to find something else to entertain them and a place to store your play dough. I can’t really help with the first part of that, but I can recommend that you keep your play dough in an airtight container. Use glassware with a lid, recycled plastic containers, or even old Play-Doh® containers. As long as your play dough can sit tight without being left out, it should last for several months or more.
The next time you’re stuck inside for a rainy day, get your children to help you make this homemade playdough recipe! They’ll enjoy making it, but not as much as they’ll enjoy playing with it.