Homemade play-doh?

Dana - posted on 01/29/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )




Does anyone have a good recipe for homemade play-doh that they've tried? I've heard some are good, I've heard some are not so good. What are your opinions and are the close enough to real play-doh? Thanks, Ladies!


~Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2011




hint #2 - don't play with salt-dough if you have a cut on your finger, or a hangnail.

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2011




Yeah, Not a Problem!
Rainbow Crayons-
Remove paper from old crayons
place crayon pieces in muffin tin
place in 300 degree oven until colors stick together, but are not completly melted
Remove from oven
place in freezer when slighlty cooled
remove new, rounded crayons and have fun!

2c. joy
3/4c. karo syrup
6c. water

Finger Paint-
3T. sugar
2c. water
Squirt of dish soap
1/2c. corn starch
mix together and cook until it thickens, stirring constantly with a beater or wire whip. Add food coloring

Goop (not to eat, just play)-
1 1/2c. corn starch
2c.baking soda (1lb.box)
1 1/4c. water
Mix well. Do NOT cook. Add food coloring if desired.

Have fun with these, I hope they all turn out good!

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2011




This is a family recipe that I havent yet tried.

1c. flour
1c. water
1/2c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 T. oil
In heavy frying pan, beat with spoon over low heat. Add food coloring of choice and beat like scrambled eggs until mixture begins to boil. Remove from frying pan and knead until cool. Keeps in refridgerator for a long time.

I also have recipes for Goop, Rainbow Crayons, Bubbles, and Finger Paint if you want them,

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I cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream tartar
2 tsp. oil
1 cup water

Add food coloring if you choose. Cook for 3 mins. or until it pulls away from the pan.

Angie - posted on 01/30/2011




I use Holly's recipe but add a tablespoon of vegetable oil. I add the color with the liquid so it mixes in better. I just made it 2 weeks ago with a student and it was a big success. I put the ingredients in a zip lock bag and let him knead and knead. Even as a 4th grader, he thought it was fun.....


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EILEEN - posted on 01/30/2011




There is the one you can make with Plain Flour with lots of Salt in it plus some food colouring ,other then that not made any my self . Go on the internet or just ask other young mums around were you live . Eileen from england Uk .

Firebird - posted on 01/29/2011




Some I found online :
Mister Rogers’ Easy Play Dough
A fast, easy, simple recipe for non-toxic play dough.

* 2 cups flour
* 1 cup water

Mix together well. You can put dry Kool-Aid or Jell-O in the mix if you want colored dough, or use liquid food coloring.
Traditional Play Dough

* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup warm water
* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
* 1 teaspoon oil
* 1/4 cup salt
* food coloring

Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.
Earth Friendly Play Dough

* 1 cup all-purpose flour (white, not self-rising)
* 1/2 cup salt
* 1 cup water
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Mix in saucepan over low heat. (It does not have to heat long.) Dough is ready when it rolls into a ball. Keep dough fresh in an airtight container. If you need to make different colors, add food coloring while mixing over heat.
KoolAid Playdough
3 cups flour
1/2 cups salt
2 Koolaide packages
2 cups boiling water
Mix dry ingredients together. Add boiling water. Knead on floured board.
Can add flour by sprinkles until desired consistency.
This playdough will last for a long time when stored correctly.
Cloud Playdough
1 cup water,
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil,
6 cup flour
Add a few drops of food coloring to water.
Combine water, oil and flour in a large bowl. Knead well.
Add more water if necessary in small amounts until the dough is soft and stretchy.
Cloud playdough should be used on a washable surface as it is very greasy.

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No problem Dana. I knda want a good recipie too! :)

I'll call my best friend who has a 4 year-old tomorrow. She might have a good recipie since her mom and dad are both cooks and know more about this kind of thing than I do. I'll let you know if I find anything out :)

Dana - posted on 01/29/2011




Yes, he thinks so too as it is! And thanks for looking into it more, Holly. :)

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but... playdough is YUMMY! :D tee hee hee... yes, I was the kid that pretty much ate everything at least once... :P

Sorry the salt dough wouldn't work for you. I called my mom, but she said she could never find a good homemade playdough recipie and that's why she always made salt dough.

Dana - posted on 01/29/2011




That's pretty cool! But,my son is two, I would worry he would think all types of play-doh is cool to eat. :| Which would not be cool. lol

Belinda - posted on 01/29/2011




I found this recipe for peanut butter play doh - I haven't tried it yet.

Age group(s) for this recipe:

Preschool and Younger

Estimated time:

5-10 minutes

Number of servings:


Ingredients: (Hit your return key to start a new line)

1/2 cup Peanut Butter

1 cup Powdered Milk

1/2 cup Honey


Mix ingredients together, easy as pie!

Other suggestions and comments:

Don't worry~its okay to eat, even tastes great!

Dana - posted on 01/29/2011




Oh, that's true Jenn, salt dough is out as my hands are horribly dry and cracking from winter. That would be horrible!

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My mom always made us salt dough! :)

Here's a basic recipie I found using Google (since I can't get ahold of her right now). If I talk to her later I'll get her recipie and post it too :)

Basic Salt Dough Recipe

1 cup of fine salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water (may add more)


In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour.
Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
Knead until smooth and shape into a ball
When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container

HINT: To get a softer dough you can add more flour. Adding more salt will lend a more granulous affect. Use wallpaper glue and the dough with be more cohesive. To add color to your dough, use different types of flour or add food coloring or paint.
Knead to get an even color.
You may also paint your ornaments and sculptures after they dry.

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