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Let’s Play with Homemade Playdough



Welcome to our recipe for homemade playdough, where we will guide you through an easy and exciting recipe that both kids and adults can enjoy. We understand how important it is to have quality playtime with loved ones, which is why we are excited to share this recipe with you.

In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about playdough, including what you need to play, setting up the game, rules of the game, variations of the game, tips for success, and more.


What do I need to make this?

First, let’s go over the ingredients and equipment needed to make homemade playdough. You will need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Essential oils or extracts (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons

If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, there are alternatives you can use. For those who are allergic to wheat or have a gluten-free diet, you can use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour. You can also substitute vegetable oil with coconut oil or any other plant-based oil. Furthermore, if you prefer natural scents, you can add essential oils or extracts to your playdough.


Setting up

Once you have all the ingredients and equipment ready, it’s time to make playdough. Choose a spacious and clean area where you can play and make a mess. A kitchen counter or a large table works well. Place a mat or a sheet on the surface to make cleaning up easier.


Making the Playdough

Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make homemade playdough:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of salt, and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients well using a wooden spoon until they are evenly distributed.
  3. In a saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil.
  4. Add food colouring (if desired) to the boiling water and stir until the desired color is achieved.
  5. Pour the boiling water into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir the mixture with the wooden spoon until it forms a ball of dough.
  7. Allow the dough to cool for a few minutes.
  8. Once the dough is cool enough to handle, knead it on a clean surface until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  9. If desired, add a few drops of essential oils or extracts for a natural scent.
  10. Your homemade playdough is ready to play with!


Playing with Playdough

There are endless ways to play with playdough. Here are a few variations that you can try:

  • Sensory play: Add different textures to your playdough, such as sand, glitter, or beads, to stimulate the senses.
  • Storytelling: Use playdough to create characters and scenes from your favorite stories.
  • Nature play: Use playdough to create animals, flowers, or other objects found in nature.
  • Science experiment: Use playdough to create models of atoms or molecules to learn about chemistry.


Tips for preserving the playdough

Here are some tips to make your playdough last longer:

  • Store your playdough in an airtight container or a plastic bag to keep it fresh.
  • If your playdough becomes dry, add a few drops of water and knead it to restore its elasticity.
  • Use a small amount of flour to dust your hands and surface to prevent sticking.
  • Encourage your children to use their imagination and creativity.



In conclusion, making homemade playdough is a fun and easy activity that can bring joy and creativity to your family or friends. With our easy recipe and tips, you can create endless possibilities with playdough. We hope you enjoy making and playing with your playdough creations.