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Playdough Party- 5 Unique Playdough Recipes

Updated on September 10, 2012
Playdough Party! What will the children create?
Playdough Party! What will the children create?

How many different ways can you make playdough?

Playdough is fun at any age. Playdough stimulates a child's imagination, offering hours of fun indoors and outdoors. Play dough is universal, all you need is a creative mind and the world is yours to create. This timeless activity makes the perfect party activity and is easy to prepare. You can make the playdough with the kids, make extra for party favors and ask the adults to join in the fun.

5 Unique Playdough Recipes

Mud Dough


  1. 2 cups mud
  2. 2 cups sand
  3. 1/2 cup salt

Directions: Combine ingredients and add enough water to make pliable.

Children will enjoy working with this muddy mixture. It can be used for rolling and cutouts. Children can pretend to make mud pies in the kitchen or a volcano on a distant island. Who doesn't enjoy playing with mud? Keep in mind, children will get messy so you may want to turn old adult t-shirts into smocks.

Peanut Butter Playdough (edible)


  1. 2 1/2 cups peanut butter
  2. 2 Tablespoons honey
  3. 2 cups powdered milk

Directions: Mix well with clean hands. Keep adding powdered milk until the dough feels soft, not sticky.

Children can make their own tasty treats. Add some raisins, dried fruit or chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless and the children will enjoy eating their creations.

Soap Dough


  1. 2 cups soap flakes

Directions: Add enough water to moisten and whip until consistency is right for modeling. Use soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft, Lux, etc. Mixture will have a slight flaky appearance when it is molded. It can be put up to dry, but the drying process will take a while.

Children enjoy this dough because it offers a fresh scent and some bubbles. If you make the dough with the children they will enjoy watching the bubbles form when the water is added to the soap flakes. Food coloring can be added as well to give the soap a splash of color.

Oatmeal Dough


  1. 2 cups oatmeal
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1/2 cup water

Directions: Combine the ingredients. Knead well until dough is easy to manipulate. This dough has a great texture and all the ingredients are usually found in your kitchen.

Children can even paint this dough after it dries. Depending on the length of the party, you can prepare washable paints for the children to use, or send home a small set of paints as party favors. The children can continue the fun at home.

Clay Dough

  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 3 cups salt
  3. 3 Tablespoons alum

Directions: Combine ingredients and slowly add water, a little at a time, while mixing well with a spoon. As mixture thickens, continue mixing with your hands until it has the feel of clay. If it feels too dry, add more water. If it feels too sticky, add equal parts of flour and salt.

Clay offers a unique medium to the world of dough. This thick dough can be smeared, sculpted, pulled, stretched and rolled into any great work of art.

Add additional props to stimulate the children's minds. Any safe object can be thrown into the mix to really kick up the party's potential. Add a few drops of food coloring to the recipes and watch the dough come to life. Be creative. Here are a few ideas of nontraditional playdough toys:

Unique Playdough Toys

  1. Popsicle sticks
  2. Art feathers
  3. Plastic blocks
  4. Pipe cleaners
  5. Small fruit baskets
  6. Toilet paper rolls
  7. Corks
  8. Large wiggly eyes
  9. Uncooked pasta
  10. Measuring spoons and measuring cups

Pull out some picnic tables, assemble the smocks and get ready to take a ton of great pictures. Use the party pictures as thank you cards for your guests. Include the playdough recipes to showcase your child's amazing Playdough Party!!


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    • TeachableMoments profile image

      TeachableMoments 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for checking out my hub. Have fun making playdough (playdoh) with the kids. I'm still not sure how to spell that word. =) People spell it both ways. I really should know this considering I teach preschool kids. =p

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      Christine Miranda 5 years ago from My office.

      Who doesn't love playdoh? The smell brings back tons of memories no matter how old you are. Fun rainy day or school vacation ideas.

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      TeachableMoments 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for checking out my hub. The oatmeal version has a completely different texture than traditional playdough which makes it all the more exciting. Try adding scents as well like peppermint oil, vanilla extract, or lavender. The possibilities are endless.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have never tried oatmeal playdoh, but have tried most of the rest with kids. Great suggestions and love your list of toys to add to the fun.

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      TeachableMoments 5 years ago from California

      His Princesz, thanks for voting up. Trust me, the kids will love these playdough recipes. Something different to awaken their minds. It will bring hours of fun and the playdough can always be adapted to suit the interests of the children. Have fun!!

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      His princesz 5 years ago

      Wow thanks for all these 5 amazing recipes. We don't have kids yet but I have my little cousins and siblings and the church kids. Sure I can use these treat for them. Another great hub! Voted up!!! :)