3 Easy Homemade PlayDough Recipes

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If you’re a parent, you know what a great toy PlayDough can be for your kids. Chances are, you may have even used it yourself as a kid.

However, sometimes it’s hard to make PlayDough last as long as you’d like.

Not only that, but kids are constantly putting everything they play with in their mouths. If you go to the Play-Doh website, they say that it is nontoxic, but they also won't list a full ingredient list because it is "proprietary." 

I don't know about you, but I would rather know exactly what my kids are putting in their mouths and squishing all over their skin.

Instead of buying a new set every time the colors get mixed together or worrying about the ingredient list, try these fun homemade natural PlayDough recipes to save some money and be worry free.



Basic PlayDough Recipe

You can make this simple DIY PlayDough recipe with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. 

Hint: Looking for a gluten free PlayDough recipe in case this ends up in your kid's mouth? Just substitute ​a gluten free flour mix or rice flour and voila!

Total Time:

15 minutes

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix flour and salt together in a medium sized bowl.
  • Mix water and food dye together.
  • Pour water into flour/salt mixture, stir as you pour until combined.
  • Knead mixture until flour is absorbed.
  • If mixture is too sticky, add more flour.

USE

  • Give to kids for playtime.
  • Store in airtight container when not in use.

This simple recipe is fun to make for the whole family. It will provide hours of entertainment for your kids while saving you money.


Cream of Tartar PlayDough Recipe

This recipe will require a few more ingredients – but a trip to the store may be worthwhile if you don’t have all of them on hand. This recipe will create longer-lasting PlayDough.

Total Time:

20 minutes

Easy?

Effective?

Overall:

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix salt, water, oil, cream of tartar, and food dye.
  • Heat mixture in a medium saucepan until warm.
  • Remove from heat, add flour to mixture.
  • Stir mixture and knead until flour is absorbed.

USE

  • Give to kids at playtime.
  • Store in airtight container.

This recipe is a bit more time-consuming and expensive, but will yield high quality, longer lasting dough.


Edible Almond Butter PlayDough

This fun almond butter recipe lets your kids combine playtime and snack time into one experience. This might not be the best choice if you’re looking for multiple uses from your homemade dough, but it makes a great occasional treat.

Total Time:

15 minutes

Easy?

Effective?

Overall:

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine and mix almond butter and honey in large bowl.
  • Add enough dry milk to achieve consistency of bread dough.
  • Add cocoa, if desired.
  • Accent with candy, if desired.

USE

  • Cut into shapes and decorate with candy.
  • Eat at the end of playtime.
  • Store any leftovers in airtight container.

This recipe gives your kids the opportunity to finally play with their food, without being scolded for it. It makes for a fun afternoon for the whole family.

Homemade PlayDough – Fun for the Whole Family

Making your own PlayDough doesn’t just help save a few dollars – it provides a great bonding experience for the whole family. The process of making the dough is almost as fun as the playtime itself.

This process can even help introduce your kids to cooking and baking, while still indulging their youthful exuberance with a classic homemade toy. One day, they might even pass the experience down to their own kids.

Written by Ashley

Chief editor here at Nontoxic Reboot. I'm passionate about providing you with the best and easiest ways to make your world healthier and a little less toxic.

If you’re a parent, you know what a great toy PlayDough can be for your kids. Chances are, you may have even used it yourself as a kid. However, sometimes it’s hard to make PlayDough last as long as you’d like. Not only that, but kids are constantly putting everything they play with in their mouths.

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