2 Easy Homemade Playdough Recipes!

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I make playdough all the time for my girls. It’s super easy and so much better than store-bought playdough! It doesn’t smell or crumble and it’s safe, incase someone decides to take a taste. (Although I don’t recommend it! Yuck!) I have tried making playdough using several different recipes but found 2 that I love. The main difference between the recipes is one uses cream of tartar and the other uses white vinegar. The directions are the same for either recipe and the texture comes out the same. Both of these recipes makes 2 of the store-bought containers and only take about 10 minutes to make!

Recipe #1 with cream of tartar:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Gel-based food coloring (Do not use water based as it will dye your little ones hands!)

Recipe #2 with white vinegar:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Gel-based food coloring (Do not use water based as it will dye your little ones hands!)

Directions for either recipe:

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In a medium to large sized saucepan, mix together all the ingredients. Stir in drops of food coloring until it reaches your desired shade of color. (I let my daughter help with these steps. She loves to mix and add in the food coloring! Don’t worry, the stove is not turned on yet!!)

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Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough forms into a ball and is no longer sticky. This will take around 4-5 minutes and will go through different stages of looking smooth to chunky to crumbly. But, keep stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan. It will eventually form a dough ball and will pull away from the sides of the pan.

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Remove dough from the pan and transfer to wax paper to cool. Once it is cool enough to handle, knead the dough until smooth.

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It’s playdough time! You can use cookie cutters, stamps or whatever you want to have fun. My daughter chooses to use a fork and a cup. (She also requests to sit in this high chair which she has named her playdough chair!)

When you are done playing, store the playdough at room temperature in an air tight container. It will stay good for a month or two!

Live, Laugh, Love,

Kristin

 

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