Homemade Play-dough

Easter Playdough

photo credit: philscoville

Playing with play dough is a simple rite of passage for children. I fondly remember sitting for hours on end at the table when I was young; building, crafting, mixing and matching. Watching my child now to the same brings me great joy as I watch how accomplished he feels sculpting a new creation.

Store bought play dough is not only expensive, but also filled with preservatives that make me a little squeamish to have around young toddler mouths. Making your own at home is definitely a frugal option, lasts a long time, and is sure to please every kid at home (even the kids at heart). Even more fun is allowing the kids to pick their own colors and help make it – a science lesson for sure, but also a lesson in mixing colors.

No-Cook Play Dough

3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornmeal (you can get white cornmeal to make dying easier)
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup warm water
optional – food coloring

Method of Preparation

Mix all ingredients together and knead until pliable. Add additional flour or water if needed to gain the right consistency. Color if desired.

Stove Top Play Dough


1 c. flour
1/3 c. salt
1 Tbsp. oil
1 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 c. water
optional – food coloring

Method of Preparation

Mix all of the ingredients (minus coloring) together in a pan and place over low heat.  Stir often until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.  Turn out onto waxed paper and cool until you can handle. In a medium bowl, mix and knead with food coloring until desired color, or mix smaller batches multiple colors. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (originally found at The Finer Things in Life)


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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.