Saturday, May 14, 2011

Homemade Playdough

My son Sebastian absolutely loves crafts and a favorite is play dough. I don't know what the ingredients in store bough play dough are, but I am sure preservatives and food coloring are at the top of the list. That's something that we dont want in our house and so we make our own. It literally takes no time at all and lasts for a very long time. My mother-n-law gave me this recipe and it works great!


1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup natural dye water*
1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup of salt
1 teaspoon cream of tarter

Combine all ingredients in a skillet. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly. The mixture will begin to pull away from the sides of pan. It will then become a thick consistency and look like play dough. Stir until it forms a ball. Dump play dough into a bowl and let cool. Will keep up to 3 months in tupperware, unrefridgerated.

We used blackberries this last time around to color our play dough. Not only is it much healthier than handling food coloring, but it's also fun to see what you can find around your yard to use for coloring! The blackberries were picked last summer on my family's ranch and turned the play dough into a dark pink! So pretty!
*See my natural dye recipes!


  1. Thanks for posting this recipe and the idea for the natural dye's! I plan on testing it out soon :o)

  2. I love the color of the pinkish purple one:)

  3. Manda- Let me know when you make it, the kiddos will love it!!
    Jackie- Thank you :) The white one was "suppost" to be green, spinach dye didn't work out very well!