DIY Playdough Recipe

When I was a kid, I got so excited when my Mom made us play dough. We enjoyed playing with it as is, as well as when we got to add color and stylize our own!

In honor of World Play-Doh Day, check out some of my favorite Play-Doh Toys from Hasbro. Yet, for those times that you need to make something to go, or want to do a DIY project, here is the simple playdough recipe that my Mom used to use.
Best of all, it is simple to make. Store in little containers with different colors at your fingertips. Alternatively, make a big batch and store in a large plastic bowl with a lid to keep it fresh. My favorite is to put some in a ziploc bag. Not only is it fun to take out and play with it, but it can be a sensory item by just squishing the bag with the dough inside.

Get the kids to help you make your DIY playdough recipe. Whether they measure and pour, pick out the color or stir, it can be a fun activity on a rainy day!

Simple Playdough

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 to 5 drops food coloring (optional)

Little tip: You can add 2 to 3 drops essential oil (like lavender oil) to the bath for a soothing fragrance which may help kids be calm and boosts the sensory element of the playdough.

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