Homemade Playdough


While I found a lot of different recipes around for homemade playdough on the internet, I really did not expect , that it will really work. Makes me happy to know, that this playdough does not consists of any toxic ingredients. This is always a good news, when you have an unpredictable toddler (who likes to taste everything) around.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • food coloring (I used gel food coloring, but it works best with liquid ones)


Add 1 cup of flour (white works best) and 1/3 cup of salt. Then add some food coloring of your choice (more food coloring=better pigmented playdough).



Add 1 cup of boiling water (be careful, so you don’t get burned), then carefully mix the ingredients, until the mixture becomes sticky.


Pour the mixture in a pan (I recommend non-stick one).  You need to slowly heat the pan (start with low temperature). All you want to achieve at this point, is to dry (evaporate remaining water) the playdough-do not fry it.


When the mixture becomes a non-sticky one, you can remove playdough from the pan. When my 2-year old daughter saw the pink playdough, she thought I am giving her raw meat. (I guess the color kind of resembles it ). Oops 😉


Next time, I’ll use liquid food coloring. The colors of the playdough were more on the pastel side, even though I used A LOT of gel food coloring.


We had a lot of fun playing with our homemade playdough. It shapes really nicely and doesn’t become dry for a long time. After my daughter stopped playing with it, I put it in a plastic box with a lid. After some time of not playing with it, it did become moldy, so be careful not to leave it in a closed environment for too long. Although, you can try to use more salt next time to inhibit mold from growing too fast.


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