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Homemade Playdough - No Cooking Involved!

Jan 02, 2013 02:22PM ● By Lisa Drake

Homemade Playdough

I told my five year old that we were going to make a special treat for New Year's, bright sparkly play dough that he could make himself! He was so excited that he passed on a night at Six Flags to stay home and make several batches!

What I really love about this playdough recipe is that there is no cooking, so little hands can help make all of it. I also like using washable paint instead of food coloring or dyes, so clean up is super easy! We used paint with glitter already in it, as part of our New Year's celebration!

Items Needed:

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup washable paint

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Large mixing bowl

Place dry ingredients in bowl and use your hand to incorporate everything together. Add paint to the bowl. Using your hand, work the paint into the dry ingredients until it forms a solid ball. Continue kneading until the playdough is smooth and uniform in color. If it's still a little wet, let it sit out for 10-20 minutes until the paint dries. Once it's dry, the paint will not transfer to your hands. Play with immediately or place in a plastic bag or air tight container until ready to use.

The only drawback is that this no cook recipe will not last as long as the cooked method. But really, what would you want to keep playdough for a long period of time? Little hands are rolling it around and poking it. Sometimes they are even tasting it! After about a month, toss it and make some more!

Playdough offers children an opportunity to improve bilateral coordination, fine motor dexterity and strength, hand eye coordination, sensory stimulation and encourages creative play. As young children use their hands to grab and pull, they are actually activating neuron receptors in their brains!

My Mommy Tips:

• Schedule a Playdough Playdate with friends. Let each child make a different color, and then they can mix them all for a giant playdough pizza or use in playdough toys!

• Add food extracts to the dough when you add the paint. Use lemon or pineapple for yellow, vanilla for white or blue, peppermint for green or red and orange for ... orange!

• Creatively wrapped, a few different colors would make an excellent birthday gift your child could make for their friends!

• For more family friendly ideas, please visit my blog at

Thank You!

• Michelle

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