How to Make Extra Soft Homemade Playdough for Toddlers
When I was a kid, all I wanted to play with was polly pocket houses and playdough. I loved using the playdough to “design” extra props for my polly pocket city. I used to make trees, sofas, cars and all of sorts of cute and silly things.
However, my boy didn’t seem that interested in playdough at all. I bought him a few Play-Doh bottles a few months ago, but he just didn’t know what to do with it, and then, our poodle started eating it! So we threw it away.
Then last summer, a friend sent me a homemade playdough recipe that she found on Pinterest. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an interesting activity for my toddler, but I wanted to try. So we planned a playdate and we tried the recipe in my house. It was fun and the kids actually enjoyed the process more than I thought.
This is a perfect activity for the upcoming cold days of fall and winter. You can make just a small mix of one color in a few minutes, or various mixes in various colors, and extend the fun for hours!
We found the recipe at How Does She and it ended up super fluffy and soft.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 10 drops of food coloring (add more for more vibrant colors)
NOTE: We tried to double all the ingredients to make a bigger batch of mix, but the result wasn’t great. We tried again with the exact measurements from the recipe and the playdough ended up perfect.
- Add all the ingredients into a pot and stir them until blended together.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a large ball.
- As soon as it joins into one large ball, take it off the heat and dump it onto your counter or wax paper.
- Wait for it to cool for a few minutes, then knead it a few times until it becomes super soft.
- Store it in plastic containers.