Sep 01

Crafty Recipes: Non-Cook Playdough

Child's hand pounding colourful doughThis is a recipe that I created when I was working in preschool.  There isn’t too many opportunities when you want to make playdough with the children, especially since our kitchen was upstairs and didn’t have enough room to sit and make it with 16 children.  This meant that teachers in my center often made non-cook playdough recipes.  My revised playdough was so popular that teachers in other centers started using it. What you need:

  • 3 cups of Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of Salt (the more salt you add, the different the texture will be so if you want a course textured playdough, use more salt.)
  • 2 tablespoons of Cooking Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Cream of Tartar (this is optional and I have made it with and without the cream of tartar, it really just depends on whether I have it in stock or not)
  • 2 tablespoons of Liquid Dish Soap
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of Liquid Tempura Paint (you can find this at dollar, craft or school supply stores.)

Pour everything except the water into a large bowl and begin to Knead.  Add the water slowly until you have a dough like texture.  Dust the table with flour and give a small piece to the children to knead.  Pull out all the playdough tools you have and enjoy. If you store this in a ziplock bag, it should last about 5 to 7 days, give or take a few days.  You can also take this recipe and cook it since it is very similar to cooked playdough and uses all the same ingredients except the tempura paint. *Note: The quantities of ingredients are approximates since I never measured out the ingredients when I made the playdough with my class.  Add or remove some ingredients to get the desired affect.*


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