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August 11, 2011

Make homemade playdough with your little ones. The recipe is edible, just in case some goes in the mouth.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into the pot, leaving out the food coloring. Cook over medium heat and stir about 3 to 5 minutes. It will look like a globby mess and you'll think it is not turning out, but it will.

  2. When it forms a ball in the center of the pot, take it and knead it on a lightly floured surface.

  3. Divide into balls and drop food coloring into each ball. Knead until the color in even.

  4. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag.

By Domestic Charm

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December 29, 2014

My kids love this play dough. I have made just about every kind you can imagine, but we always go back to this one. I've been making it so long (over 10 years!), that I have no idea where the recipe came from. The texture is amazing. It's very soft and silky. It's perfect for little hands. It smells wonderful, too! My daughter plays with it for hours and it doesn't dry out in that time.

Total Time: About 15 minutes total.

Yield: about a cup and a half

Source: I can't remember the source!

Supplies:

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 packet of Kool-aid (not the one with sugar added)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

Steps:

  1. Mix salt, flour and Kool-aid.
  2. Boil water and oil.
  3. Pour into flour mix. Stir. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, knead dough on a cookie sheet. You may need to add a little extra flour if it is too sticky.
  4. Let your kids create and have all kinds of fun!
  5. Store in a plastic bag or container with lid. Will last for 2 months or so.
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By 1 found this helpful
November 4, 2009

This is lots of fun for kids to make and play with! My kids used to love it!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine ingredients. Knead well. Add desired food coloring. Store in tight container. Lots of fun for active hands!

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Arleen Kaptur0 found this helpful
September 27, 2006

There are just too many toxic chemicals in some of the things that our children play with. They are also very expensive. Here are a few safe products that will delight your youngster for hours.

Play dough:

Mix all together. Divide into small portions and add food coloring for the color you want. If too moist, add more flour. Store in covered containers and keep cool. Not to be eaten just played with.

Finger Paints:

Mix sugar and cornstarch in pan. Add water; stir. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will boil, then thicken. Cook about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool. Separate into 4-5 cups. Add food coloring a drop at a time. Add a drop of dish detergent in each cup to make clean-up a breeze. Paint on paper, cardboard, or posterboard.

Soap Bubbles:

Mix gently and pour into bottles. Makes great bubbles.

Face paint:

In each cup, mix the ingredients. Add a drop or two of food coloring, a different color for each cup. Stir and paint to the delight of all your children and their friends.

Brings back some fond memories, doesn't it?
ENJOY!

By Arleen

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By 0 found this helpful
November 5, 2008

Mix all together: 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour, 1 Tbsp. salad oil (veg.oil). Add water (a little at a time) and mix until it forms a dough like consistency.

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February 15, 20050 found this helpful

Mix in saucepan over low heat (it does not have to heat long). Dough is ready when it rolls into a ball. Keep fresh in an airtight container or baggie.

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This is a guide about making no-cook playdoh. An easy recipe for play dough that doesn't need to be cooked and can provide lots of creative fun for youngsters.

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This is a guide about making cloud dough. Cloud dough, also known as moon dough, is a fun sensory plaything for young children. They can press it together like wet sand to make lots of shapes.

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December 18, 20040 found this helpful

For a quick and cheap child's gift, make a batch of the Kool Aid playdough, put some various colors in old frosting tubs, add some different cookie cutters, and a thick dowel cut to be a rolling pin.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 3, 2010

I have made some play dough for my daughter using water, oil, plain flour and food coulouring, but it seems to be too oily or something. How can I fix it?

By Leah from Primrose Sands, Tasmania

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February 4, 20100 found this helpful

Sorry, I can't tell you how to fix it, but recently someone asked for homemade play dough recipe and I found this on Google:

fun.familyeducation.com/ sculpting/recipes/37040.html - Cached - More from this site

Homemade Playdough Recipes

Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients you have on hand. Store playdough in a covered container or Ziploc bag. If it sweats a little, just add more flour. For sensory variety, use playdough warm or cool as well as at room temperature.

Oatmeal Playdough

Materials

1 part flour

1 part water

2 parts oatmeal

Bowl

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well and knead until smooth.

This playdough is not intended to be eaten, but it will not hurt a child who decides to taste it.

Store covered in refrigerator.

Your child can make this playdough without help; however, it doesn't last as long as cooked playdough.

Uncooked Playdough

Materials

Bowl

1 cup cold water

1 cup salt

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Tempera paint or food coloring

3 cups flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

In bowl, mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint or food coloring to make a bright color.

Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.

Store covered.

Peanut Butter Playdough

Materials

2 cups peanut butter

6 tablespoons honey

Nonfat dry milk or milk plus flour

Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)

Edible treats for decoration

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix, adding enough dry milk or milk plus flour to reach the consistency of bread dough.

Add cocoa or carob, if desired.

Shape, decorate with edible treats, and eat!

Salt Playdough

Materials

1 cup salt

1 cup water

1/2 cup flour plus additional flour

Saucepan

Directions

Mix salt, water, and flour in saucepan and cook over medium heat.

Remove from heat when mixture is thick and rubbery.

As the mixture cools, knead in enough flour to make the dough workable.

Colored Playdough

Materials

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Food coloring

Saucepan

1 cup flour

Directions

Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.

Remove from heat and add flour.

Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.

Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Kool-Aid Playdough

Materials

1/2 cup salt

2 cups water

Saucepan

Food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups sifted flour

2 tablespoons alum

Directions

Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.

Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.

Add oil, flour, and alum.

Knead until smooth.

This dough will last 2 months or longer.

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More on: Activities for Toddlers

Excerpted from:

Copyright © 1999 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Toddler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

Hope this will give you some alternatives.

Good Luck!

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

This is the recipe that I use to make homemade play doh.

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

2 packages dry unsweetened Kool-Aid

2 cups boiling water

3 tablespoons oil

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix the liquids together and pour them over the dry ingredients. Stir the mixture until it forms a ball. As the mixture cools, it will become less sticky. When it is completely cooled, take it out of the bowl and knead until it is smooth. Hope this might help!

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By 0 found this helpful
December 28, 2011

I am looking for a tried and true recipe for clay/Play-Doh. I would like to make Christmas ornaments and also press the impression of my kids' hands. I am looking for something that will last as long as possible.

Thanks so much!

By Mindy from Terrebonne, OR

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful

http://www.allf  kids/index.shtml

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By 5 found this helpful
February 1, 2010

I am looking for a playdough recipe that I can bake. I've tried the salt dough before and it never works out. Any ideas? Thanks.

By Mindy

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February 2, 20100 found this helpful

I Googled it and here it is:

fun.familyeducation.com/ sculpting/recipes/37040.html - Cached - More from this site

Homemade Playdough Recipes

Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients you have on hand. Store playdough in a covered container or Ziploc bag. If it sweats a little, just add more flour. For sensory variety, use playdough warm or cool as well as at room temperature.

Oatmeal Playdough

Materials

1 part flour

1 part water

2 parts oatmeal

Bowl

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well and knead until smooth.

This playdough is not intended to be eaten, but it will not hurt a child who decides to taste it.

Store covered in refrigerator.

Your child can make this playdough without help; however, it doesn't last as long as cooked playdough.

Uncooked Playdough

Materials

Bowl

1 cup cold water

1 cup salt

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Tempera paint or food coloring

3 cups flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

In bowl, mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint or food coloring to make a bright color.

Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.

Store covered.

Peanut Butter Playdough

Materials

2 cups peanut butter

6 tablespoons honey

Nonfat dry milk or milk plus flour

Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)

Edible treats for decoration

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix, adding enough dry milk or milk plus flour to reach the consistency of bread dough.

Add cocoa or carob, if desired.

Shape, decorate with edible treats, and eat!

Salt Playdough

Materials

1 cup salt

1 cup water

1/2 cup flour plus additional flour

Saucepan

Directions

Mix salt, water, and flour in saucepan and cook over medium heat.

Remove from heat when mixture is thick and rubbery.

As the mixture cools, knead in enough flour to make the dough workable.

Colored Playdough

Materials

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Food coloring

Saucepan

1 cup flour

Directions

Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.

Remove from heat and add flour.

Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.

Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Kool-Aid Playdough

Materials

1/2 cup salt

2 cups water

Saucepan

Food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups sifted flour

2 tablespoons alum

Directions

Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.

Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.

Add oil, flour, and alum.

Knead until smooth.

This dough will last 2 months or longer.

Add a Comment (1)

More on: Activities for Toddlers

Excerpted from:

Copyright © 1999 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Toddler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

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November 4, 20090 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 Tbsp. baby oil
  • 1 Tbsp. alum
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Food coloring

Directions

Mix together all ingredients with a spoon. Turn out onto slightly floured surface; knead until smooth. Store in refrigerator.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Answers:

Children's Play Dough

These are terrific recipes, my other recipes called for cream of tartar; and that is not
"cheap". I didn't know about alum, though. (01/14/2006)

By Pat from Az.

Children's Play Dough

I have a recipe that uses a package of unsweetened Kool-Aid instead of food color. Gives it color and a nice smell. (01/26/2006)

By Lisa

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November 4, 20090 found this helpful

Kids love PlayDough. Make it at home yourself.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil

Directions

Mix well. Adding a few drops of food coloring is optional. Store in air tight container when not in use.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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