Homemade Playdough

Homemade Non-Toxic No Cook Play Dough Recipe

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Homemade Play Dough

Do your children enjoy playing with playdough? Playdough is popular with children as it allows them to use their imagination, get messy, explore, and be creative. Sure it can drive parents into a frenzy as they are the onces who usually end up cleaning afterwards. Totally worth it though when you see how much enjoyment comes from something so simple.

You can either purchase playdough or make your own. Commercial playdough can be quite expensive and although most commercial variations advertise that their playdough is non-toxic they will often also state that it is not safe to eat. So parents don't really know if this is really safe to give to their children. 

Just to be safe why not have a try at making your own. The variation below is very easy and quick to put together with ingredients found in most family kitchens. It does not contains any toxins and has no strong odors that is normally found in playdough. It can be ready in just 10 minutes and will last for several months.


4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
1 hot cup water
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup cornstarch or cornflour 
food coloring


1. In a large bowl add the flour and salt. Stir well. Set aside.
2. In 4 medium sized bowls add 1/4 cup water in each. Add in a few drops of food coloring in each bowl until desired colors are reached.
3. Add 1 tablespoon oil into each bowl.
4. Pour one cup of the flour/salt mixture in each bowl. Mix well. Once mixed well knead dough for a few minutes and shape each color into a ball.
5. Pour one tablespoon of oil onto a small plate and the cornstarch into a small bowl. Dip each ball into the oil and then roll it onto the cornstarch coating the outside. Knead again for a few minutes. The cornstarch will make playdough extra soft.

Get out some cookie cutters or other shaping tools and let your children enjoy. Show them how to use their hands to mold the dough into various shapes and sizes. You will have just as much fun and maybe more.

When finished store in a plastic bag or air tight container.

Have you ever made your own playdough before?

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19 February 2016 at 07:39 delete

Cool! Did not realize how easy it is to make play dough, thanks for sharing!

19 February 2016 at 10:28 delete

I remember making this with my son. So easy and much safer.

20 February 2016 at 12:23 delete

We love making homemade play dough. We do this on a regular basis. The kids love it! What an easy recipe too!

21 February 2016 at 15:48 delete

My mom used to make this for us! We'd try and eat it haha

22 February 2016 at 00:53 delete

Lol I last made any homemade play stuff when my boy was 8 and he is now 13 but this looks fun for the liluns :)

22 February 2016 at 07:54 delete

Such a fun recipe! Thanks so much.. we love easy play doh because we go through so much

22 February 2016 at 07:55 delete

Such a fun recipe! Thanks so much.. we love easy play doh because we go through so much