4 Simple Playdough Recipes You Can Make At Home

Playdough is a favorite toy among children. It brings many benefits for your child’s development by offering a great chance for them to explore many skills, especially motor skills. While you can buy Play-Doh at the grocery, it's very easy to make yourself at home. Take a look at 5 simple playdough receipts in this post.

Advantages of homemade playdough

Playdough is available at toy stores, however, you can completely make them at home to save money. There are some advantages when you make playdough at home.

  • It lasts for months in a zip-top bag.
  • It's cheaper.
  • It has more colors and scents. 

Homemade playdough recipes

All playdough recipes are great for children ages 2 years old. It's safer for your child if they eat it, however, try to avoid it.

Paint Playdough

To make more brilliant colors, you can use some powdered tempera paint. Tempera is usually easy to find because it's a perfect paint for kids and is used often in finger painting. The tempera paint playdough offers many color options and there's no cooking involved, so it’s too quick to make them at home.



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

Put all ingredients into a bowl. In the other bowl, combine water and oil. Stir it while adding water and oil concoction into the dry flour mixture. Add more liquid and knead the playdough. If it's too stiff, add more water. Adjust flour and water until playdough is as soft as desired.

Classic playdough

If you don't need to have too much color, classic playdough is a good option. Making it is really simple.


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

Put flour, salt, and all the dry ingredients in a pot. Add oil and water and cook them over medium heat. Stir it until it is like mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. If you want colors, knead them in the food coloring.

Peanut Butter Playdough

If you want to let your child play with dough, but are afraid of them putting it into their mouth, let's try playdough made from peanut butter.


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they're combined well. Put the bowl in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. With this recipe, the playdough may be a little sticky.

Veggie-Dyed Playdough

In case you don't have food coloring, you can create colors with vegetables. Put some vegetables into a juicer to have vegetable juice. For example, you'll have green with spinach, pink with beets, and orange with carrots.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Vegetables, such as beet, spinach, or carrot

Prepare vegetable juice by adding each of them into a juicer to have coloring for playdough.

In the other bowl, add all the flour, salt,  cream of tartar, and oil and mix it. Slowly add the water to the mixture. Cook them over medium heat, stirring carefully until the dough becomes stiff.

Divide playdough into some small balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make it color. Put them in a plastic food storage bag in the fridge to store.


Making your own playdough creates a happy time with your child. Homemade playdough helps you save you a lot of money, and you can customize it with every color your child wants. Ask your child to join you during the process for a stronger bond.