Home-made Playdough: Easy, Cheap, and Fun!

My kids just love playdough, and I like it because it provides hours of wholesome entertainment.  They like rolling it, making shapes, cutting it with scissors, smearing it on the wall, even tasting it. The problem with playdough (aside from the little crumbs that seem to get everywhere) is that all too soon it’s dried out or used up, and it’s time to go out and buy more.

While buying play-doh is not terribly expensive (just a few dollars for 4 colors), it does seem slightly wasteful to keep dishing out money for something that you could so easily make at home. Besides, your kids will love making their own playdough, and creating their own colors too. Plus, if your toddler decides to take a bite of that playdough pizza you just made, the ingredients are perfectly safe (although not too tasty)!

This easy recipe is from iVillage. We tried it at home yesterday and it worked perfectly! (Our food-coloring was kind of weak, so see if you can pick up some real strong colors next time you go to the grocery store! But we do have some nice pastel-colored playdough now.)

Step 2: Color It Up

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • food coloring
  • glitter (optional)
  • Directions:
    1. Mix together the salt, flour, and water in a big bowl. The dough is ready when it has a non-sticky, firmer-than-mushy consistency.
    2. If it’s too sticky, add some flour and salt.  If its too firm, add some water.
    3. Divide the dough into as many portions as you like. Add food coloring (a few drops should be enough) and knead it in. You can use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about mixing colors (red + yellow = orange)! Mix in glitter too, if you like.
    4. Store the dough in a plastic container or sealable bag
    Have fun!!

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