Playdough is fun, easy to make and provides kids with hours of fun. Once you have your playdough, all you need is a clear, solid surface, a few household items for props, and imagination.
Kids can roll, sculpt and mold with playdough—and some homemade recipes are even consumable! We love that play dough allows children to use their imagination while strengthening the muscles in their fingers. Playing with playdough can be done independently, but it’s even better with friends.
Here’s What You'll Need to Make the Best Playdough Recipe:
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tbsp. of oil (any oil will do, coconut oil, vegetable oil, even olive oil)
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 tbsp. cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 cup boiling water
01 of 07
This recipe only takes five minutes to make, and since it uses Kool-Aid for the dye, the colors are vibrant and lovely and it smells delicious.
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make the playdough:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 2 Kool-Aid packets
- 3/4 cup of water
02 of 07
This completely edible playdough recipe only uses three ingredients. Since it uses Peeps, it works best in the Spring when Peeps are more readily available, but peeps can be found year-round.
- 3 peeps
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar (and some more for dusting)
03 of 07
04 of 07
Sick Day Playdough
Kids Activity Blog brings it again with a feature that adds essential oils to a classic playdough recipe to help lift spirits on a sick day. This recipe uses peppermint essential oil, but you could substitute whatever essential oil you'd like for a similar result.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
06 of 07
Peanut Butter Playdough
Edible playdough that doesn't crumble is a favorite with our kiddos. You'll need three ingredients to make Peanut Butter Playdough. This recipe is worth every minute; it's a huge hit with kids and adults alike!
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Playdough:
- 3 marshmallows
- 2 tablespoons (roughly) of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
07 of 07
We've found that kids LOVE shiny things, and playdough is no exception. You can make playdough shiny by adding makeup, and it works amazingly. You can also add other blingy items to play dough to make it shine like:
- demerara sugar
Whether you like classic, super-soft, or shiny playdough, these playdough recipes are some of our favorites because they get kids having fun, using their imagination and being social. It’s one of our favorite developmental activities.