How To Make Your Own Playdough At Home

The next time the kids say "I'm bored" give them an activity that will provide hours of fun: making homemade playdough.

Making your own homemade playdough is a fun activity for kids of all ages. You can use this activity as a boredom buster or even as an activity for a young child's birthday party. Most playdough can be stored in airtight containers or in individual storage bags. Homemade playdough should be thrown out after about 2 months or when it gets hard.

For added fun, provide the kids with playdough tools from around your house including cookie cutters, plastic cups, spatulas, plastic knives, rolling pins, bottle caps (to cut out small circles), a garlic press or visit your local dollar for additional ideas.

This selection of favorite playdough recipes will provide your kids with a variety of textures and smells and whole lot of fun.

LONG-LASTING BASIC PLAYDOUGH

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

4 cups water

4 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup cream of tartar

1. In a large saucepan, place all ingredients and mix until blended.

2. Cook over low heat and stir until dough forms a ball. Remove from heat.

3. When cool, knead dough until smooth.

4. Store in an air tight container or freezer storage bag.

-To add color to your playdough, add two drops of food coloring when kneading the dough.

-This playdough will last up to six months if stored correctly.

IT SMELLS GREAT SCENTED PLAYDOUGH

This recipe is known as Kook-Aid playdough. Whatever flavor of Kool-Aid you choose will become the scent of the dough. Sometimes the color doesn't quite match the scent (the orange isn't very orange) but if you add a few drops of food coloring, the color will become brighter.



3 cups flour

1/2 cups salt

2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid, any flavor

2 cups boiling water

1. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt and Kool-Aid. Add boiling water.

2. Mix until a dough ball forms. Add food coloring and continuing mixing then remove dough from bowl onto a floured cutting board or countertop.

2. Knead dough until it is smooth. Add flour as necessary.

3. Store in an airtight container.

COLORED PLAYDOUGH (no scent)

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Food coloring, any

1 cup flour

1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a large saucepan.

2. Heat on medium/high heat until just about boiling.

3. Remove from heat and add flour.

4. Stir until a dough ball forms, then remove from pan and knead until smooth.

NO COOK BASIC PLAYDOUGH

This is a quickie recipe and is good for when you're short of time. It gives the playdough a grainier texture but is still fun for the kids. It does not keep very well, a week at most.

1 cup cold water

1 cup salt

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

3 cups flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Tempera paint or food coloring

1. In a large bowl, mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint or food coloring to make a bright color.

2. Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.

3. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

OATMEAL PLAYDOUGH

Oatmeal gives this playdough a fun consistency.

2 cups flour

1 cup water

2 cups oatmeal

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.

2. Knead until smooth.

3. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

I WANT IT JUST LIKE THE REAL THING PLAYDOUGH

The recipe that comes closest to making playdough just like the "real" stuff.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon alum powder

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 tablespoons vanilla

food coloring

1. In a large saucepan combine flour, salt and alum.

2. Gradually add the oil and water. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly. When it reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes remove from heat. 3. Add vanilla and food coloring.

4. Divide into balls and knead until smooth.

CHOCOLATE PLAYDOUGH

1-1/4 cups flour

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup salt

½ tablespoon cream of tartar

1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup boiling water

1. In a large saucepan, mix flour, cocoa powder, salt and cream of tartar.

2. Add cooking oil and water. Stir and mix well.

3. Cook over low heat until dough forms a ball. When cool, remove from pan and knead on a floured cutting board or countertop until mixture is smooth.

4. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

YOU CAN EAT IT PEANUT BUTTER PLAYDOUGH

A playdough the kids can actually eat.

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup non-fat dry milk

1. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

2. Knead until smooth.

3. Play and eat!

4. Can be stored in an airtight container up to 2 days.

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