Playdough is a great icebreaker activity! And with the easy homemade playdough recipes below (edible and non-edible), you and your kids can prepare playdough in no time and at a fraction of what the ready-made playdough kits cost.
You can also turn simple household items into playdough tools, such as cookie cutters, plastic butter knives, forks, pizza cutters, a garlic press, melon baler, rolling pins, etc.
Remember to store the playdough in Ziploc bags or an airtight container so that it lasts for a long time. And here’s a cool tip: Add vanilla extract to homemade playdough recipes – it helps preserve the dough, prevent mold, and makes it smell nice.
Classic (Non-Edible) Playdough
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Salt
- 2 tablespoons Cream of Tartar
- 1 tablespoon Oil
Mix ingredients in a saucepan and cook you reach a smooth texture. Turn out onto a plate or piece of wax paper, and knead in food coloring of your choice.
You can add Kool-Aid packages for color and scent, or even instant coffee.
*Important Note: It has been brought to my attention that this sort of (non-edible) homemade playdough may be potentially toxic to animals, such as dogs. Don’t let your pets eat the playdough you make. This article discusses the issue in detail. Homemade playdough is fun and I’ve used them myself many times, it’s just important that you take adequate precaution.
Edible Playdough Recipes
Creating with playdough is fun! Eating your playdough creations is double the fun!
Here are several tasty edible recipes for your homemade playdough. (For decorations you can always prepare bowls with M&Ms, Rice Krispies, Coconut Sprinkles, Chocolate chips, Red Hots, Granola, Nuts, etc.)
Peanut Butter Playdough
Mix and knead:
- 3 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 4 cups powdered milk
- 3 1/2 cups corn syrup
Mix and knead:
- 2 cups smooth peanut butter
- 2 cups rolled oats
- Add 2 cups powdered milk
- 2/3 cups Honey
- 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 1 minute (stirring occasionally) or until it becomes smooth and creamy. If you don’t have a microwave, place the chocolate in a bowl over another bowl that contains hot, but not boiling, water.
Once the chocolate has melted, add the corn syrup and blend.
Pour the mixture onto a waxed paper sheet and spread the chocolate with your fingers until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Cover loosely with waxed paper and let it stiffen for at least a couple hours or overnight.
The chocolate will become very pliable.
Orange Juice Playdough
- 1 cup of orange juice (no pulp)
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of cream tartar
- food coloring
Bake for 15 minutes then take out and stir until it looks like mashed potatoes (bake another 5 minutes if not ready)!! Add 1 drop of food coloring in every ball you make. ENJOY!!! Submitted by David Floress from Brooklyn, New York (Thanks!)