Recipe: Making Playdough


The kids had a blast this morning, making playdough in some really cool colors. We switched up the recipe though, since I didn’t want the kids to “cook over medium heat”, so we just added more, and more flour to make it the right consistency.

Nature’s Playdough (Credit to

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the playdough with your hands until of proper consistency.

I think after all was said and done, we used about 3 cups of flour. I might have to try the cooking method at a later date though, and see if it turns out any better. We added 10 drops of food coloring to their mixtures. Preston and Trillian wanted purple, so they got 5 drops of blue and 5 drops of red.

They were able to learn measuring, by finding the correct numbers on the measuring cup, and pouring the ingredients themselves. Science came into play when the different ingredients combined into 1 cool new item.

Willow Stevens

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