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How to Make Playdoh

Updated on August 31, 2011

Making Homemade Playdoh

Playdoh is one of those things that children have enjoyed for generations. My children love it, they also enjoy mixing the colors and letting their creations dry which can get costly when it comes to purchasing playdoh. So I decided to learn how to make it myself. I now make big batches that last for a long time in gallon sized baggy's. I no longer have to worry about running out of certain colors, and it's a whole lot more fun for the kids when they have a whole mound of several colors of playdoh instead of the small amount that comes in the containers at the store. One thing I have learned is that if you want to make playdoh that is not sticky, make the cook method. It's very simple and it turns out so much better than the non-cook methods of making playdoh, and it lasts and holds much better ! Kids love to watch the process so include them in the fun !

homemade playdoh

Rubbery Playdoh

1 1/2 cups water

2 cups baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

Mix until smooth, using a spoon or fork. Than you want to boil over medium heat until thick. Put on wax paper and let cool before letting kids play with it. .

storing homemade playdoh

Making Playdoh Just Like the Real Thing

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon powdered alum
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons vanilla
food coloring

Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and gently mix together. Now put in oil and water into the dry mixture. Put into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat. Make sure to stir continually until you achieve the consistency of mashed potatoes. Take your pan off of the heat, add vanilla and food coloring. You can separate into smaller portions if you want to make different colors. If not just keep it in one large sized ball. If you do want different colors knead the color into each divided ball of dough.


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