Toddler/Mom Win: Playdough

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|After spending a week home with a toddler, I learned very quickly that various forms of entertainment are a must. Most days by the wee hours of 10 a.m. we had rummaged through her entire toy bin, played in her kitchen, read books, colored, put stickers on things, and watched several episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (Thanks, Netflix!). And while I was ready for a nap by 10:30, Julianna waaaaas…not! 

Julianna abosultely loved rolling out the dough that we used for our Easter potica, so I figured that playdough would be something fun. When I was little, my playdough was homemade, so it came to me! A genius idea: let’s make and play with playdough!

Homemade playdough turned out to be a huge hit. Julianna loved measuring out the ingredients to make it and watch it transform before her eyes. Once it cooled, she spent the entire rest of the morning rolling, cutting out, and experimenting with her homemade playdough. Yippee! 

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|I thought it was pretty awesome, too. Here’s why:

You can make it together.
You can make it any color you want.
It’s non-toxic, made entirely with edible ingredients-I do not however recommend eating a glob of salt and I’m sure it’s a mistake only made once 😉 
It makes a lot.
It’s cheap.
It lasts for a long time, if properly stored. 

I’ve included some visual steps of preparing the playdough below.

Mix all ingredients into sauce pan.

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|Let it thicken slightly. Lumps are OK, but the mixture should be fairly smooth. 

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|Add color. I use Wilton gels. They add a color punch that you just can’t get with food coloring. I already have a lot of gel on hand because I use them in frosting. Well worth it, I think!

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|Stir, stir, stir! In just a few minutes, your mixture should magically thicken before your eyes. 

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|When it starts to form around your spoon, ta-da! Homemade playdough.

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|Boom. 

Homemade playdough: toddler play |sneaksandsweets|Note: If you mixture was still lumpy and colors were not fully incorporated, fear not! Once the dough cools slightly, knead out any lumps.


  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  3. 1/3 cup salt
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1 tablespoon oil
  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Once mixture begins to slightly thicken, add food coloring (enough for desired color).
  4. Continue stirring until mixture is thick and collects around the spoon.
  5. Remove dough and place on parchment paper to cool.
  1. Store in air tight container or bag.
  2. Add scent and color by using a package of jello.
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One Response to Toddler/Mom Win: Playdough

  1. Kristie April 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Another beautiful post!

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