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a plethora of playdough

August 28, 2009

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As inexpensive as store-bought Playdoh might be, my kids always have more fun when they each get to make their very own batch.  Here are a few different recipes to choose from…

Basic Playdough (w/ cream of tartar)

1/2 cup salt

1 cup flour

1 Tbsp cream of tartar

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup water

food coloring

Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring constantly. When the dough has a good consistency (will start to form a ball), remove from the pan and knead until smooth. The dough will be HOT, so definitely something for an adult to do!

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Basic Playdough (w/ alum)

2 cups boiling water

1/2 cup salt

1 Tbsp alum

2 cups flour

2 Tbsp oil

food coloring

Dissolve salt and alum in boiling water.  Add food coloring, oil, and flour.  Knead until smooth.

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Kool-Aid Playdough

1 1/4 cups flour

1/4 cup salt

1 pkg Kool-aid powder

1 cup boiling water

1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil

In mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  Add oil and water.  Stir & knead until smooth.  (note: you can always just heat in a saucepan if you don’t want to work with boiling water)

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Peanut Butter Playdough #1

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup powedered milk

1/2 cup honey

Mix in bowl, knead until smooth.  Play, eat, & enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Playdough #2

Mix equal parts peanut butter and cornstarch.  Knead until smooth.  Enjoy!

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Chocolate Playdough

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup salt

1/2 Tbsp cream of tartar

1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup water

Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring constantly. When the dough has a good consistency (will start to form a ball), remove from the pan and knead until smooth. The dough will be HOT, so definitely something for an adult to do!

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Fun tips…

add flavor extracts (cinnamon, mint, vanilla, etc)

add glitter & sparkles

add food coloring after kneading to make a swirl effect

subsitute baby oil for vegetable oil

(our favorite thing to do with playdough is to make it relate to the season or holiday using the above tips!)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2009 11:16 pm

    I love the alternate ideas for playdough scents/flavors. With Gray’s peanut allergy, PB playdough has always been out of the question. We might be trying some out this weekend!!!

  2. August 29, 2009 10:18 pm

    I love your blog name!!!!

    Thanks for adding it to the blog roll over at Blue Cricket!!!! See ya soon!

  3. elizabeth permalink
    August 31, 2009 11:37 am

    Have you tried it with the Wilton gel food colors…..the colors are fabulous!

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