Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Super Simple Homemade Play Dough: Only 5 ingredients that you already have in the pantry!

This recipe has been around these parts for a few years now, I already wrote a blog post about it - (Click Here) way back in 2015.

Since it's been a while, I thought I would write down my updated recipe and list some ways for you to customize it in your home.

It's honestly SO simple, the homemade version can be whipped up in minutes and stored in the fridge for a few days.

Plus you can play around with making your own colours OR add no colour at all and use it as is, moldable sand!


- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt (I used Kosher salt in the updated photos because that's all I had in the pantry! Worked great!)
- 1 1/2 Cups Water
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- Colour Agent (I use food colouring, especially NEON! see below) 

Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. 
Mix the vegetable oil and water in a pot on the stove, bring to a rolling boil. 
Slowly mix your boiling water/oil into the dry ingredient bowl.
Continue mixing the oil/water into the dry ingredients until it forms a dough consistency (I use all the oil/water mixture).

Flour counter top and knead dough smooth.

Divide dough into as many balls as you have colours.

Have fun making custom colours!

Add scent if you desire.

I considered adding a bit of vanilla for a nice aroma, or kid-friendly essential oils  

I like to keep plastic table cloths from the Dollarama on hand for these messy floor activities, they're larger than a cut garbage bag and if you shake them outside you can usually use them through a few painting/playdough adventures. 

Notes about how to colour your playdough:
Feel free to adapt this!

Use Koolaid packets!

 Or natural dye from veggies/spices (beets, turmeric, cabbage, strawberries) by boiling the veggie for 10 minutes and then simmering for 10-30 minutes until you get desired colour.

If you use the veggie way of colouring replace tap water (in the recipe above) with the veggie dyed water and work your dough one colour at a time.

If you use food colouring try to fold your dough as thick as possible to avoid getting dye on your hands.

Once it's worked into the dough it's fine to give to the kids, it doesn't leave any colour residue beyond regular playdough stickiness!

Throwback photos of Baby Elli!

Current photos of my boy!

We got a solid 30 minutes of silence while these two were playing!
I give them some measuring cups and spatulas and send them on their way.

Honestly, I played too!
It's a very calming activity to roll and shape the dough.

This was second-day dough and I added a bit of fresh flour to the balls if they felt at all damp but overall they hold up wonderfully in an airtight container stored in the fridge.

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