Thursday, January 25, 2018

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe

Playdough is a huge hit in our house.  My husband dubbed 2017 as the "year of playdough" as Isla will play with it multiple times throughout the day.  Last month, her little hands started to get so dry that they began to peel and I just had a hunch that the store bought playdough was the main culprit.  When I was offered up the recipe a few weeks back for a quick homemade playdough from one of the kids club teachers at Blackberry Farm, I eagerly jotted it down and we've been making it about once per week since we returned home.  It doesn't get any easier than this! It takes about 10 total minutes to make this totally all natural playdough, and Isla loves to pick out the color and help me stir all the ingredients together.  The coconut oil is moisturizing and great for little hands, and the cream of tartar in the recipe will help preserve the dough for a solid 4 months!  An added bonus is that the dough tastes so salty she won't put this in her mouth, as opposed to the store bought version ;)

I know that playdough isn't the usual type of recipe I normally post over here, but it's just so easy that I had to share with any other mama's who have tots equally as obsessed with 'the dough' as mine.



1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. maple flavoring***
Food coloring

*** I buy the maple flavoring from Whole Foods, next to the vanilla extracts.  Isla loves this as it makes her playdough smell like syrup!  You can also pick up the exact version I use here.  Alternatively, you could also use 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie extract, or experiment with essential oils like lavender or peppermint. ***


Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Transfer to a large saucepan, and heat on the stove on medium heat until solid.

Transfer to a cutting board until cool enough to handle.


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