My daughter and I made this classic playdough recipe (below) this morning during her first day of homeschool preschool. I’ve always loved making our own playdough. It’s rewarding and fun for the kids to see what they are creating start to form into something they recognize and love playing with.
She helped me pour all of the ingredients, helped stir, and then watched as I kneaded it and it began to resemble playdough. She didn’t want to knead it while it was still sticky, but once we added a little more flour and it felt like playdough, she was all about playing with it.
I have nothing against store bought playdough. I do, however, like knowing all of the ingredients that are in the homemade playdough. I like knowing that it is absolutely safe if the little one ends up taking a small bite of it. Probably gross-tasting, but safe.
She wanted red, so we just used red gel food coloring that I had on hand. Whatever colors you have in your cabinet are yours to create the colors of your kids choosing.
Classic Playdough Recipe
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 Tsp Olive Oil
- ¼ Cup Salt
- Food Coloring of your choice
- Mix all of the ingredients (saving food coloring for last) in a pot on the stove over medium heat.
- Stir until smooth. (It will still be gooey).
- Sprinkle a little flour on the counter and pour the dough onto it.
- Knead and add a little more flour until the consistency is that of playdough.
- Once cooled, store in a plastic bag or airtight container.