Tips to Make the Best Diy Playdough with 5 Natural Ingredients

Play-doh was originally wallpaper cleaner.

In the ’60s, they removed the detergent from its chemical formula and launched the yellow and blue can on the toy market.

Almost half a century later, according to its little-known patent, Hasbro’s Play-Doh still contains preservatives, borax, and petroleum additives.

Yet, you’d need only 5 natural ingredients to craft at home your diy playdough. This is all it takes . Easy, safe, and cheap.

Read on…

What You’ll Need for Homemade Playdough

Playdough is so simple to make at home, you’ll never buy the smelly store type again.

Likely, you have all the necessary materials already in your kitchen:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp of tartar (optional)
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Mixing bowl
  • Saucepan

Not only this homemade playdough is softer and smoother than a store bought one, but also it doesn’t start to dry out, even if it’s played with all day.

How to Make Diy Playdough

Once you’ve got the items from the list above, proceede as follow:

  1. Combine all the ingredients together. The tartar is optional, but it makes this playdough last 6 months or longer.
  2. Stir over a low heat. The dough will begin to thicken and resemble mashed potato.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat when the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center.
  4. Allow the dough to cool.
  5. Cook the dough longer if it’s still sticky. Keep stirring and cooking till it dries up.
  6. Store this dough in plastic bags or sealed container.

To put a fresh spin on your playdough, add in a packet of Kool-Aid powder. It’ll smell like cherries, grapes, oranges, or strawberries.

Also, for a galactic take on this recipe, stir in some glitters and a few drops of glycerin. It’ll sparkle and shine more than ever.

To Wrap Up

We are all crazy for playdough.

Often you start model it for fun and get caught in a creative vertigo. And all the mashing, squashing, pulling, rolling, and cutting ignite your inspiration and imagination blows up.

Besides, your children get a sense of self-sufficiency if you make playdough together.

Planning a Sensational Messy Play Day?

Here is a remarkable graphic by Hope Education with other 6 recipes for homemade toys.

From diy slime to diy moon sand, diy rainbow foam to diy rubber plastic, and diy salt dough to diy sidewalk chalk; this guide details everything you need to enable children and youngsters to learn by playing with sand, paint and glue.


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