Homemade Playdough


Homemade Playdough

I feel like spending money on playdough is a bit of a waste.  It always ends up as a giant mixed colored mass of crunchy rock like material, the very next day.  Yes, we should probably be more vigilant about putting it away, it isn’t playdough’s fault necessarily, but this is how things go.

My youngest cousin lives just down the road from us and my kids absolutely adore her.  She’s young and cool and amazing with kids, seriously amazing. She came over one day and made playdough with my daughter. I have to share this ‘recipe’ with you because first of all it smells amazing if you use coconut oil and it seems to last forever.  They made ours a couple of months ago and we are still playing with it.

I have made playdough before using a recipe that requires a stove and making sure it doesn’t burn. These are not my strengths.

This recipe is great because there is no cooking involved so the kids can help make it, which gives them a little more ownership of it and I feel like they are more likely to try and take care of it. It is also made with items you likely already have in your kitchen.

1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of oil (coconut oil makes it smell really good)
Food coloring


So next time your kids are looking for something to do, put this recipe in front of them and have them make it themselves.

Tell me truthfully; are you a playdough fan or a playdough avoider?






  1. says

    My problem with playdough isn’t necessarily that it dries out–we’ve gotten good about just putting them in ziplocks. But i cringe when my daughter takes all the pretty colors and overmixes them to the point where they all turn an icky muddy brown. :-( I’ll have to try your recipe.

  2. Heather says

    What a great idea! I’m totally going to use this recipe – thanks. :)
    P.S. – your cousin sounds really cool ;)

    • says

      Thanks for visiting Heather! Let me know how it turns out. My cousin is really really awesome and she has these super cool sisters too, love that gang. :)

      • Bob says

        I’m certain you would agree that the “amazing cool cousin” and her “super cool sisters” probably has a “ultimate cool Dad”, who might be given credit for at least 50% of the “coolness” factor.

        Superb blog Sarah !!


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