Can you even handle Olive’s face here? She is giddy with excitement over our (finally) perfected soft homemade playdough recipe. And I’m just so excited too. Besides the perfect recipe, we’ve got a fun new spin on playdough play that is such an engaging addition to your making session. Seriously… I practically needed my own batch!
We are no stranger to mixing up doughs. This summer scented no cook playdough is a blog favorite on Pinterest. And this pumpkin spice latte playdough is even more popular. Sometimes Sal and I just mix cooked playdough up for the joy of getting messy. I’ve made this playdough recipe before but I never have glycerin on hand so it’s not a go-to for me. But I really wanted to come up with my own BASIC playdough that could be a starting point for your own experimenting.
This playdough process was so much fun. Here’s what we did:
First, let’s make the playdough!
Soft Homemade Playdough Recipe:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp veg oil
3/4 cups boiling water
Add dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir together. Drop in the oils. Add the boiling water. Stir together with a spatula then switch and use your hands. Tip the dough out of the bowl onto your table surface and stand kneading. If it’s not too hot let your kiddos jump in and squish the dough around. They LOVE to feel soft warm dough squishing through their fingers as it comes together.
My soft homemade playdough recipe feels so silky and smooth. The coconut oil is great for your hands and takes away from the salty smell just enough to be appealing.
You’ll notice there is no coloring agent in this playdough recipe so far. Just hang in there. It’s coming!
So what gives this soft homemade playdough recipe it’s color?
Drum role please….
Figured it out? We created our amazing rainbow of playdough colors by using markers to color onto our finished playdough! This was SO much fun for the girls. They made color after color after color, kneading the marker into the dough and adding more. Mixing colors, making it darker. It was so fun to watch them experiment.
Olive didn’t do too much coloring but she sure did a lot of squishing!
She did a little lounging too. Look at her feet up on the island!
Using the markers to color the dough, we were able to make a crazy rainbow of colors. I made some samples for photos then the kids just went to town!
Brb… dreaming up some wooden playdough tool sets. Wouldn’t that be so fun?!
It would be so much fun to use this soft homemade playdough recipe as a color mixing and color theory lesson for preschool or even elementary school aged kids. Such a fun sensory play experience and unique way to add color.
Modify this recipe and make it your own!
- Add food coloring to the boiling water
- add jello mix or kool-aid mix to the dry ingredients
- add essential oils to the water
- add glitter or sequins or sensory beads
Hope you love this recipe as much as we do- if you give it a try be sure to tag me @sweetersidemom in your photos on IG! Love to share what people are creating with their kiddos!
Happy Wednesday folks!
Love this! Going to try this weekend with preschool kids. How long do you think this will last when it is stored airtight?
Honestly probably a really long time… 3-6 months I’d guess? Probably even longer.
This is awesome and looks so fun! Thank you!
Harper Marten says
I didn’t have cream of tartar so I tried the arrowroot I had on hand and we have been really enjoying the dough all afternoon! What do you find is the benefit of the cream of tartar?
Honestly i don’t even know!
Stephanie Trussell says
Appppppppparently it helps make the dough more elastic-y. Without it, the dough could be dry and crumbly. I’ve never tried without!
Alyssa Rodgers says
Is there a different oil that could be used? I want to make this for birthday party favors but one kiddo has a sensitivity to coconut!!
Serena R says
Same here. We used sunflower oil.
Will using the markers to color the dough ruin the markers?
Nope! There’s enough oil in the dough that it doesn’t dry out.
Hello! I’m from Belgium and tried to converse your ingredients measure into ml/grams. I got this :
1tablespoon tartar cream
1tablespoon coconut oil
1tablespoon veg. oil
180ml boiling water.
But it’s all squishy, and not just in one solid ball.. Is that normal? Must I wait this longer to cool down, or did I do wrong in measurements ?
I’m not sure about the measurement conversiOn sorry! But it should come together and not be sticky!
Megan Nunez says
I added some cocoa powder to make a light brown and it smells amazing!!!!