Let your children try their hand at sculpting by introducing them to the world of playdough. Read below to learn the various homemade playdough recipes.

Homemade Playdough Recipe

If you are looking to keep your kids busy doing something constructive and in the process developing their creativity and motor skills then you have to look no further than playdough. This wonderful compound is a favorite with children as they love to create objects that they see around them. Modeling little things with playdough can keep the kids engrossed and keep them safe, away from trouble. Playdough first originated in the 1930s as a wallpaper cleaner. But when children began using it as a modeling compound it was reworked and marketed as learning and playing aid for children. Since then, playdough has entered every school and play box. It is also considered to be one of the bestselling products specially meant for children. Though commercial playdough is the most favored one, it can also be effectively made at home with only a few basic ingredients. Homemade playdough is also safe and so one doesn’t have to worry if the kids eat the models that they have created. To try your hand at homemade playdough go through the various recipes given below. 

How To Make Playdough

Playdough Jello Recipe


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 2 tbsp Cream Of Tartar
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup warm Water
  • 3 oz Jello
  • In a bowl mix all the ingredients until even. In medium heat, cook the mixture until it thickens.
  • Then, knead the hot mixture until it gets cool.

Basic Play Dough Recipe


  • 1 cup cold Water
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • Take the water, salt, oil and some food coloring in a bowl and mix. Slowly add flour and cornstarch and continue mixing till the dough reaches the consistency of bread dough.
  • You can use the play dough immediately or store it covered.

Peanut Butter Playdough


  • 2 cups Peanut Butter
  • 6 tbsp Honey
  • Nonfat Dry Milk
  • Cocoa or Carob (for chocolate flavor)
  • Edible Treats (for decoration)
  • Mix the peanut butter, dry milk and honey together in a bowl. Make sure that you add enough dry milk so that the dough gets an even consistency.
  • Add the cocoa or carob. Decorate with edible treats.

Rubbery Playdough


  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • Mix all the ingredients until smooth. Next, heat this mixture over medium heat until it thickens.
  • Transfer the mixture onto a plate and leave it until it cools.

Coffee Playdough


  • 4 cups unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1/4 cup instant Coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups warm Water
  • Take the flour and salt in a bowl and mix. Mix the coffee in warm water.
  • Make a well in the flour and add one cup of the coffee water. Mix the flour until the dough becomes even.
  • Ensure that the dough is not dry or sticky. The dough should be smooth.

Alum Playdough


  • 2 tbsp Alum
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Food Coloring (few drops)
  • In a pan, mix the alum, flour and salt. Next, add water, oil and food coloring. Mix thoroughly and knead the mixture until smooth.
  • You can also store this dough in an air-tight plastic container in a refrigerator.

Oatmeal Playdough Recipe


  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2/3 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • In a large bowl, mix the rolled oats, flour and water. Form the mixture into a lump and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and even.
Homemade playdough recipes will show you how you can make playdough at home, which can be as good as commercial ones. Enjoy and have fun!

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