Looking for a homemade play dough recipes? You’ll find several ways to make it below, some that I made when the kids were younger and some that were submitted by visitors to SavvyHomemade.
The first playdough we are about to make will keep for months in the fridge in airtight containers, baby food jars make perfect air tight containers for your playdough!
Basic Playdough Recipe
As this recipe makes about twice the amount of homemade play dough that comes in an average sized tub, using half quantities and repeating the process several times you can make lots of play dough in a variety of colors.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
- Food coloring
You can also use flavor oils for scent – peppermint, vanilla, almond, lemon, orange, cherry. Choose the oils with no alcohol and choose flavor oils meant for eating, not essential oils. You can find these in your supermarket along the baking aisle.
- Mix together the ingredients.
- Add the water then mix until smooth.
- Add the food coloring followed by the oil ( add the flavor oil at this point if using ).
- Cook on a medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough leaves the side of the pan in a ball.
- Allow to cool before use.
This homemade play dough recipe is particularly good for baking your sculptures in the oven at 180 until hard, then paint and varnish your little masterpieces.
This recipe is so easy it gives perfect results and keeps for months in the fridge in airtight containers. And even better it doesn’t need cooking! This fact alone makes it my favourite recipe for homemade play dough.
Another Playdough Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup table salt
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring
Step1: Measure out your ingredients and put them into a large bowl. (no special order just throw it all in).
Step2: Mix it all together with your hands and if it feels to dry add a little water to and to sticky add flour.
Step3: Grab a ball of it and make an indent with your finger. Drip a few drops of food coloring in the indent, you’ll need at least 5 drops for vibrant colors if you are using grocery store food coloring.
Now carefully fold the dough over and over until the color is well blended, taking care not to get the wet food coloring on your hands.
Consider dedicating a container of play dough tools to the cause. You can have fun again and again with pasta extruders, cookie cutters, rolling pins, and other items. Many of these things can be purchased inexpensively at a local dollar store or thrift store.
Jenifer Shows You How To Make Homemade Playdough
Homemade chocolate playdough
By Clair (Canada)
This homemade chocolate playdough is quick to make and completely edible! Kids love the thought of a playable treat so this stuff always goes down well at my children’s birthday parties.
- 8 oz chocolate (semi-sweet)
- 1/4 cup of corn syrup (light)
- Break the chocolate into chunks and place it into a heatproof bowl. Now place the bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt it.
- Stir the melted chocolate until completely smooth before stirring in the corn syrup.
- Once the corn syrup has been added you will notice the mixture quickly begin to stiffen. Continue to stir until it is fully combined.
- Place the mixture in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and pop it into the refrigerate until nice and firm.
Homemade Silly Putty
By Sam (Hampshire)
What does homemade silly putty do?
Pull it slowly and it will stretch, quicker and it breaks. It feels like a solid, yet it can drip through a hole when its left standing.
It bounces, yet it can also form a puddle!…. Pretty cool stuff don’t you think?
Is homemade silly putty hard to make?
No! and it only takes about 10 minutes.
What you need:
- 1/2 a tsp of Borax
- 1/2 a cup of PVA glue
- In a bowl mix together 1/2 a cup of PVA glue with 1/2 a cup of water.
- Add 1/2 a teaspoon of borax to 1/2 a cup of hot water and allow to dissolve for a few minutes.
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of your borax mixture to your diluted glue mixture and begin to stir, this new mix should start to pull away from the sides and begin to form a rubbery putty.
- Give your putty a good kneed to make it nice and smooth but if its still too slimy don’t worry just add more borax mixture until you are happy with its constancy.
- Brighten up your homemade silly putty with food coloring or glitter.
- Now transfer it to an airtight container or plastic bag for storage.
You may want to use gloves to start with so that the food coloring doesn’t stain your hands. But as the coloring soaks in you can take the gloves off. The putty is much easier and fun to handle without gloves (I found it just sticks to them anyway.)
For some fun with homemade silly putty
Try covering the top of an empty cup and with silly putty and watch it bubble up! Or put it inside the cup and squish it about to make some really disgusting noises. The last one seems to keep my ten year old amused for hours.
Homemade Playdough Jewellery
By Angela (Hampshire)
We often used the basic homemade playdough recipe. It works great as you can see in the photo, Kelly decided that Daniel needed some new homemade playdough jewellery!! 🙂