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My Best Playdough Recipe for Kids


As a creative child, and now a mommy, I have always loved playdough.  I probably didn’t love it as a teenager, but as a child and parent – totally loved it!

I remember eating it too.  Ugh!  So salty.

I’ve tried a few different recipes to make of my own but this one is definitely the best one I have ever used.

It’s super simple, has never failed me, and lasts for ages.  If it’s really hot I keep it in the fridge and then remove it a little while before giving it to the kids to play with.  Otherwise there will be freezing little hands!

Here is the recipe:Best Playdough Recipe

Playdough recipe
1 ½ cups salt
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
2 tablespoons Oil
2 cups boiling water

Mix all the ingredients together.

Knead dough until smooth and warm, add a bit more water if the dough is too dry.

It will keep in an airtight container.

There are a lot of things you can add to playdough to enhance the basic recipe:

  1. Add glitter – I love sparkles and I generally tend to add that almost every time. 🙂
  2. Add a drop or two (seriously no more than that) of essential oil.  Be careful with this as some children can be sensitive to essential oils.
  3. Food colouring of various colours.  You can try splitting the playdough before adding colour, because making a few different colours is always nice for the little ones.
  4. Add things with texture such as dry herbs, couscous, un-cooked rice.

I like making playdough for my kids, but I also do buy it from time to time.  I find though, that my homemade playdough lasts a lot longer than the bought kind.

If time is an issue for you, there are good options for buying playdough.

Why playdough?

  1. It’s great for developing eye-hand co-ordination
  2. The muscles in the hand get strengthened from manipulating the dough, squeezing it into shapes and rolling dig this.
  3. Having different utensils for them to play with is also good for developing imagination, and the usual plastic playdough toys are fine.  You can add to that by giving them lollypop sticks to poke the dough with, or cut it.  Stick feathers into it and another ide
    a is to give them sequins, buttons, clothes pegs and other bits and bobs from around the home to experiment with.
  4. It’s good for self esteem too because there is no right or wrong way go play with it, and there is a great sense of accomplishment when they have created something themselves.

Your job as a parent

Your only job is to appreciate what your child creates and to encourage them to explore by giving them creative “invitations to play”.  What I mean by that is setting up the area for the playdough time in a way that encourages creativity and play.

Your child’s job

Is to play, enjoy and help clean up after.

Happy playing all!


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