Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Homemade Playdough Recipe

Since the majority of my readers are women between the ages of 25-34 with small kids at home (thanks Google Analytics, who knew the computer could tell you that!), I thought I would share my absolute favorite playdough recipe. You with preschoolers will want to "pin" this post for when you are in charge of sending in playdough for the month of ______. Or just "pin" this post for a rainy day or a "it is way too hot outside" day.

Here's is J, saying, "Really, Mom? Another picture for your blog?"

I like this recipe because there is no stove top cooking involved. But this playdough has the texture of stove top cooked playdoughs. Have you noticed that the uncooked playdoughs have a grainier texture? The secret to this recipe is the microwave. I have been using this recipe since Anna, my 15 year old was in preschool.

You will need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 6 teaspoons cream of tarter (found with the spices)
  • 3 tablespoons baby oil
  • 3 cups warm water
  • food coloring to color
  • Mix all the above ingredients together in a big microwavable bowl.
  • Microwave the mixture in the bowl for 2 min.
  • Then stir. It will be runny like below.

  • Microwave the mixture in the bowl for another 1 1/2 minutes and then stir.
  • Then microwave the mixture in the bowl for 30 sec and then stir.
  • Repeat microwaving the mixture for 30 sec at a time and stirring in between the 30 sec until the mixture is no longer runny and no longer sticky. We had to do this 6 times. 
  • Store playdough in a ziploc bag or tupperware container. It is easier for little ones to put playdough back in a container, than a bag.

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  1. thank you, su! I wanted a play dough recipe!

  2. Yay for a not cooking recipe! Quick question, can you do all the ingredients but food color, split it up and do different colors? Then do the microwaving? Or do you think it would ruin it?

    1. Hey Courtney-

      I have never tried splitting it up to do different colors. I think what you will want to do is make the playdough with no color at all (like go ahead and do the microwaving). And then split the playdough into balls. . and then add the food color to each ball. . like knead the color in. I think that will work. My fear of doing it your way is that you will not get an even amount of the ingredients in each section. OR you could just 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe and make smaller batches each a different color. Let me know if you try it out and how it works. I'd be interested in knowing since I just do one batch of one color.

  3. I made this last night and was able to make 4 different colors out of one batch. I just kneaded in some food coloring after it was all cooked and it worked perfectly. I also added some cheap, generic, kool-aid to make it scented. Thanks for the great recipe!


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