In our house, we love making playdough.

It’s become a fun activity for everyone especially my three year old who is fascinated by all the fun shapes and figures she can make with it.

I love playdough because it’s the perfect activity to keep kids entertained indoors.

It’s an activity that can actually hold a child’s attention and that’s why it’s a godsend for any parent who has run out of ideas to keep the kids busy at home.

I’ve been making playdough for a while and today, I’m going to share some of the best homemade playdough recipes that I’ve found.

Keep reading 😊

Best Homemade Playdough Recipes

1. Kool-Aid Playdough

I love this recipe because the kool-aid gives the playdough a great color and a really sweet smell.

On top of that, it’s very soft and flexible so the kids will have a much easier time playing with it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package Kool-aid (any flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon alum
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour

Instructions

  • Combine the boiling water and Kool-Aid, stirring until it’s completely dissolved
  • Mix in the oil, salt, and alum, then knead with flour.
  • It may take up to 1 extra cup of flour. Use more if the dough draws moisture in high humidity.

2. Just Like Real Play-Doh

This recipe uses vanilla extract which I completely love LOL

It’s also one of the best playdough recipes you’ll ever find because it’s a very good imitation of real Play-Doh.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered alum
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Food coloring

Instructions

  • Mix all the dry ingredients
  • Stir in the oil and water
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. 
  • Divide into balls and knead in the food coloring.

3. Tempera Playdough

I love this recipe because you can get some awesome colors with powdered tempera paint.

You can easily get non-toxic tempera paint because it’s commonly used for kids in finger painting.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered tempera paint
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Instructions

  • Mix together the flour, powdered paint, and salt.
  • Mix water and oil, and food coloring, if desired
  • Gradually stir the water and oil mix into the flour mixture
  • Knead the playdough as you add the liquid.
  • Add a little more water if it’s too stiff and more flour if it’s sticky.

4. Rubbery Playdough

I love this homemade playdough recipe because it’s very simple to make. In fact, it’s the easiest to make.

This playdough keeps its shape well and your kids will really enjoy playing with it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup cornstarch

Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients with a fork until smooth
  • Boil over medium heat until thick.
  • Spoon onto a plate or wax paper and allow it to cool.

5. Nutty Butter Playdough

I know this looks yummy, but please don’t eat it.

If you have infants under 12 months, I wouldn’t recommend making this playdough because they should not consume honey.

This is one of my favorite recipes because there is no cooking involved. However, you need to be strict on supervision so the kids don’t eat it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup oatmeal

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix the ingredients until they’re combined well.
  • It might be good to play with this one on a covered surface because it may be a little sticky.

6. Oatmeal Playdough

Finally, we have the oatmeal playdough which is very convenient especially if you only have flour and oatmeal in the pantry.

This is probably one of the safest and easiest recipes and it doesn’t require any heat on the stove.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Combine the flour and oatmeal in a bowl. Gradually stir in the water. Knead until mixed and add food coloring if you like.

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