Homemade Play Dough Recipe That’s Much Softer

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As I’ve mentioned a few times already, Henry is on a huge play dough kick lately.

One day last week, Henry and I were with his Grandma. He wanted to play with play dough. Grandma’s play dough had gotten kind of hard and crumbly.

So we set off to make our own. I’ve seen many of you guys doing this. I, honestly, thought it would be way too much work and didn’t want to bother with it. (I’ve made PlayDoh before, but I was a child…)

We dug out an old recipe out of an old church cookbook. My mom submitted the recipe long ago. (The recipe we used is at the end of this post.)

It took only a few minutes to make.

With the exception of Alum, everything is something I would have on hand. (Luckily, my mom did, probably leftover from long ago when we last made play dough.)

Granted, Henry didn’t get in on making the play dough. But he did enjoy the outcome.

This homemade play dough is so soft and pliable, Henry was able to do so much more with it compared to the store bought stuff.

Take a look at these tracks!

Let’s see what else that made some neat impressions:

The first thing he tried: His tractors and machinery. (what else would it be?)

The tracks made by the chisel were very distinguished. With the store bought play dough, this would have been nearly impossible!

Then my Mom started handing him some kitchen utensils.

A ‘slotted’ spoon.

The slots made a flower when Henry pressed it into the play dough.

A wiskmade lots of lines when Henry rolled it.

A flipper (spatula) made fun for turning the play dough over and over.

Other tools Henry tried?

A regular spatula, a fingernail brush, and some Mardi Gras beads! They all left their own individual marks.

It has been hard to get Henry past pressing out play dough fields and driving his tractors through them.

But, we’re slowly working on expanding our experiences.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp alum
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Vanilla
  • Food coloring

Mix all dry ingredients together in sauce pan. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stir constantly, until it reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and food coloring. Store in an air tight container.

Here are some other variations for play dough recipes:

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  1. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Love the tracks in the play dough! We need to do this!!
    Some times simple things I never think to do!! This could be "Green" play dough for Earth Day coming up!
    I enjoy your blog too! It does become blur! Have a fun day with play dough!

  2. Mama Pea Pod says

    WE looooove homemade playdoh – it's a hundred times better than the store-bought stuff (and I honestly never thought I'd say that until I tried it)! We always do non-cook so that Princess Pea can make it herself (well, with my help, of course!) We've also found that making play-doh is a great playdate activity – especially when you've inadvertently invited all the siblings along too and suddenly have way too many kids running around wild in your house! Great way to focus them on one activity in one place ;-)

    Wonderful tracks Henry made! I love how he's so intent on what he's doing!

  3. Reda says

    I have also varied the sensory inputs by playing around with different flavours/smells by substituting the vanilla essence for lemon, coconut, orange, rose, strawberry etc – and picking a colour to match the flavour.

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