Having Fun With Playdough

January 22, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Homeschool Fun

Everyone has a favorite playdough recipe. Some require cooking, some are no-cook, some are meant to be eaten (YUM!), and some are not. Here are some recipes to use with ingredients you have on hand. Store playdough in a covered container or plastic zip lock bag. It it sweats a little, just add more flour.

Oatmeal Playdough

This is a recipe your child can make themselves. It must be refrigerated, and it doesn’t last as long as cooked playdough.

1 part flour
1 part water
2 parts oatmeal

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well and knead until smooth. This is not intended to be edible, but it will not hurt kids if they eat it.


Uncooked Playdough

1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Tempera paint or food coloring
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint (or food coloring) to make a bright color. Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.


Colored Playdough

1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Food coloring
1 cup flour

Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir, then knead until smooth. Keep in mind that the cream of tartar makes this dough long-lasting – up to six months or longer – so resist the temptation to leave it out if you don’t have it on hand. This dough should be stored in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag. Do not refrigerate.


Salt Playdough

1 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup flour

Combine salt, water, and flour in a saucepan; mix and cook over medium heat. Remove from heat when mixture is thick and rubbery. As the mixture cools, knead in enough flour to make the dough workable.


Peanut Butter Playdough – Edible

18 ounces peanut butter
6 tablespoons honey
Nonfat dry milk or milk plus flour
Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)
Edible treats for decoration

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix; adding enough dry milk or milk plus flour to reach the consistency of bread dough. Add cocoa or carob, if desired. Shape, decorate with other edible treats, and EAT!


Hope you enjoy these!  Do you have any other recipes? If so, please leave them in the comments.