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Guest Post…How To Make Homemade Playdough by Elisa of Elisa Loves


Today we share a post from Elisa on how to make oodles of homemade playdough for the little ones!

A bit about Elisa

Elisa was born and raised in Switzerland and currently lives in Texas with her hard working military husband and their two bouncy boys.

She enjoys baking, knitting, sewing, gardening, and teaching her children at home.


How To Make Playdough

Making playdough is too easy.  This is a perfect rainy day project which doesn’t take long at all to complete.

What you’ll need:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 TBS cream of tartar
  • food coloring (optional)
Put the flour, salt and cream of tartar into a pot.  Mix the dry ingredients.
Add the water and oil to the dry ingredients and stir over medium heat.  Keep stirring until the dough begins to stick together.  You’ll know your dough is ready when you push your thumb down into it and it feels smooth and elastic and doesn’t stick to your skin.
Take the dough out of the pan and shape into a ball.  (You may have to wait until it’s cool enough to touch.)
If you’re coloring your dough, divide it into however many pieces of food coloring you have and add 5 or more drops of color per ball, depending on how dark you want the color.  Knead your individual playdough balls until the color is well incorporated.
Play!  Get out some cookie cutters, a rolling pin, dull knives and let the kids have a great time.
Storage:  Keep the playdough in a tightly sealed tupperware container (I use one for each color) and use again and again.
Special thanks to Elisa for sharing her post with us!

For more on Elisa please visit her Blog
Elisa Loves
3 Comments leave one →
  1. christy smith permalink
    07.10.2010 8:26 am

    I work in an early care and education program and our children and teachers love this recipe. One thing that we learned was that Poison Control considers most homemade playdoughs toxic for children under two due to their high content of salt (If I remember correctly, 1 T worth of salt is toxic to a child and can start to cause symptoms of poisoning). If you are using this recipe with children under two who like to put things in their mouths…just be aware of this.


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