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Homemade Playdough - DIY with easy ingredients

Updated on January 11, 2015

I use a little bit of food dye in my recipe and keep a closer eye on my toddler while he plays with it on a board and around our living room. It has never caused any staining (except on my fingers, which goes away), although he tried to smash a stickier batch on a table leg, which is slightly messy. But I generally don't have sticky batches any more as I add more flour and enjoy the smoother texture.

Its easy to do!

Mix about -

1 cup of flour, a 1/2 cup of water, 2 teaspoons of oil, and several drops of dye (put dye in with wet ingredients for most even color)

Mix and knead, with more kneading leading to smoother dough.

Adjust quantities as needed for consistency. Double recipe in separate bowls for larger quantities of multiple colors.

Dough after Kneading. My son had already mashed up the red, yellow, and green before I got my camera ready.
Dough after Kneading. My son had already mashed up the red, yellow, and green before I got my camera ready.
I saved it in an airtight bags and sucked the air out.
I saved it in an airtight bags and sucked the air out.
He enjoyed surrouding his toy dinosaurs in it. Its nice to not have to worry about mashing it up so soon, and to have such a large quantity. He has about four large cans of Playdohs or more in quantity, about 4 dollars worth.
He enjoyed surrouding his toy dinosaurs in it. Its nice to not have to worry about mashing it up so soon, and to have such a large quantity. He has about four large cans of Playdohs or more in quantity, about 4 dollars worth.
Dinosaur submerged in dough.
Dinosaur submerged in dough.
I braided some of the pieces together and baked them in the toaster for a few minutes. I hadn't added any sugar to this batch, but with clean fingers and surfaces, and flavored dough (maybe cheese?) these could be fun treats to snack on.
I braided some of the pieces together and baked them in the toaster for a few minutes. I hadn't added any sugar to this batch, but with clean fingers and surfaces, and flavored dough (maybe cheese?) these could be fun treats to snack on.

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