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Homemade Playdough Recipes and More

Updated on July 19, 2013

Homemade Playdough Recipes and Other Gooey Stuff You Can Make at Home

Here you will find recipes not only for various kinds of homemade playdough, but other fun, multisensory substances like finger paint and goop. These are great activities for a rainy day or any day you want something to do.

I have always enjoyed making homemade playdough for my children. It is inexpensive to make. Keep it in an airtight container and it will last a long time.

These recipes are perfect for mixing up with children in the kitchen, and make for hours of fun. Playdough is fun and because it helps with fine motor development it can help your child with penmanship!

Are you in the mood to make something ooey, gooey, glucky, glumpy, slimy, slippery or silly? Then you have come to the right place, because this lens is chock full of recipes for homemade playdough, slime, goop and lots more!

Get ready to stir up some gooey stuff!

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Playdough Recipes

homemade playdough recipes
homemade playdough recipes

This is a wonderful multisensory playdough for your child. This does not harden, smells delicious and has all the great Koolaid colors! Store this in an airtight container and it will keep for a long time.


  • 1. c. water
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 package of Koolaid (use the sugarless kind)
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. salt


  1. 1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a saucepan.
  2. 2. Add the water and oil to the pan and bring all the ingredients to a boil.
  3. 3. After the mixture boils, allow to cool.
  4. 4. Knead the resulting concoction until it is the desired consistency.
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peanut butter playdough
peanut butter playdough

Edible Playdough Recipe - Peanut Butter Playdough

This is a homemade playdough recipe that kids love! This homemade playdough is completely edible, made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. The first ingredient is peanut butter. What could be more fun?


  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 c. powdered milk
  • 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. corn syrup


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until they are the proper consistency for modeling. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Playdough Recipe

Here is another easy homemade playdough recipe. Watch how easy it is to make!

Finger Paint Recipes

homemade paint for kids
homemade paint for kids

Pretty Paint Recipe

Make this homemade paint for kids, give them some big rolls of newsprint and let them paint out on the patio or in the basement on a rainy day. This paint can be used with brushes, sponges or as a fingerpaint. Or, put this into squeeze bottles from the dollar store, and squeeze out pretty shapes and designs.


  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. flour
  • 10 drops of food coloring


  1. Put all ingredients into a large jar with a lid. Shake all the ingredients together until well-blended. Make several batches, using different colors. Try mixing the colors to make new hues.

Sidewalk Chalk Recipes

homemade sidewalk chalk
homemade sidewalk chalk

Sidewalk Chalk Recipe - Homemade Chalk

Make a bunch of these in different colors and then turn your kids loose to decorate the front walk. Lots of fun on a warm day. This will wash away with the next rain.


  • 3 T. Plaster of Paris
  • 2 T. Tempra paint powder
  • 1/4 c. water


  1. 1. Grease 2 lids from solid-stick deodorant with butter.
  2. 2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. 3. Pour the mixture into the buttered lids.
  4. 4. Allow to harden for 30 - 45 minutes.
  5. 5. Loosen the sides of the chalk and knock out of the mold.
  6. If you do not have any deodorant lids you can use small paper cups and peel the cup off the chalk after it hardens.

More Gooey Recipes

gooey stuff
gooey stuff

Goopy Goop Recipe

Here is a recipe to make some gooey stuff that is gooshy and slippery.

Try not to get this gooey stuff on your clothes, but if you do wash it out quickly using soap and water.


  • 8 oz. bottle of school glue or tacky glue
  • 1 c. water
  • poster paint (several different colors)
  • 1 c. warm water
  • 1 1/2 c. Borax powder


  1. 1. Empty the bottle of glue into a large bowl. Pour the water into the empty glue container and then pour this into bowl with the glue.
  2. 2. Stir to mix the water and glue thoroughly, then add several drops of paint. You may combine the colors if you like.
  3. 3. Combine the warm water with the Borax in another bowl. Stir thoroughly to disolve the Borax in the water. Some clumps may remain.
  4. 4. While stirring constantly, pour the Borax mixture slowly into the glue mixture.
  5. 5. Use your hands to mix the resulting mixture until it starts turning into gooey globby gloop.

Pouring Custard Recipe

This is a delicious slimy activity, and good for a child who still puts everything in his mouth.

Pour this custard on a clean placemat and allow your child to play in it. Encourage your child to draw shapes or write letters in the custard with his fingers.


  • 2 T. custard powder or cornflour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 2 c. milk (or use a milk substitute such as soy milk or almond milk)
  • Mashed banana
  • butterscotch chips or chocolate chips (optional)


  1. 1. Mix all of the ingredients together, using a wire whisk.
  2. 2. Microwave on high for two minutes.
  3. 3. Stir with the wire whisk again.
  4. 4. Microwave again for two minutes or until the substance is thick.

The Pouring Custard Recipe is from this wonderful book by Carol Stock Kranowitz, an occupational therapist who works with children who have sensory integration disorder. Her book is filled with activities for children who have sensory processing difficulties, but all children can have fun with the activities in this book. Most of the activities and ideas are low cost or free, and just plain, over-the-top fun!

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (The Out-of-Sync Child Series)
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (The Out-of-Sync Child Series)

I have used this book with my children. They have had loads of fun. Great for kids with special needs AND those who are developing typically. Highly recommended!


Grown-ups Get Gooey Too

gooey dough on a woman's hands
gooey dough on a woman's hands

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More Fun Activities & Crafts for Children - Books With Homemade Playdough Recipes and More

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Share your memories of an ooey and gooey time in your life! Did you make a gooey mess? Or did you have a super-messy gooey accident? Gross us out with your tale of sticky, slimey goo!

Ooey, Gooey & Gross Memories - Playdough Memories

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    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image

      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      When my kids were little, I use to love this stuff!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I grew up too early and missed the era of play dough. It is a lot of fun for kids to get messy though.