5 Ingredient Homemade Playdough

Learn how to make the best 5 Ingredient Homemade Playdough for sensory play! It's easy, affordable, kids can help make it and they'll play with it for hours!


playdough shaped into a smiling face.


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3 colors of playdough stacked in a pile with paper in between.


All you need is a few simple household supplies to make this easy homemade playdough!

This recipe is super fun for the kids to make, then once it's ready, it will keep them busy playing for hours! It's much cheaper than store bought and you can make so many different colors if you purchase or have a gel food coloring set already at home.

Hazel absolutely loves this playdough and she just turned two. We use cutters to make different shapes and she loves to identify the colors, animals, shapes, trees, etc.

This is also great for preschoolers and school aged kids too! We love that it's made with ingredients we always have at home and we can just whip up a batch on a rainy, snowy or cold day.

Such a classic sensory play idea!


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What supplies do you need?


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How to make:


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Helpful tips:


  • If the dough feels a little tacky, just sprinkle on a teaspoon more flour until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Mixing the food coloring in the water helps to really even the color out in the dough. It really speeds the process up. If not, kneading time will go up about x4. Makes a more even color tone as well.
  • Store this dough is in ziplock baggies or containers with airtight lids.
  • If stored correctly, this playdough lasts a long time.
  • I noticed after storing it for the first night, it needed a touch more flour as it seemed to get tackier, but was perfect after that.
  • Any oil is fine to use.
  • You can skip adding the food coloring if you prefer and go for the natural look.


different colors of playdough made into balls and shapes.


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5 Ingredient Homemade Playdough

Author: Sweet Hazel Honey
prep time: 10 Mperform time: total time: 10 M

materials:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon gel food coloring

tools:

  • Mix together the salt and flour in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the food coloring to the water and mix them well. Then add the colored mixture to the flour mixture, along with the oil.
  • Stir together the ingredients (hands work very well for this). Keep mixing, folding, and kneading the dough until it reaches playdough consistency!
  • Make a few more colors if desired.

NOTES:

If the dough feels a little tacky, just sprinkle on a teaspoon more flour until the desired consistency is reached.

Mixing the food coloring in the water helps to really even the color out in the dough. It really speeds the process up. If not, kneading time will go up about x4. Makes a more even color tone as well.

Store this dough is in ziplock baggies or containers with airtight lids.

If stored correctly, this playdough lasts a long time.

I noticed after storing it for the first night, it needed a touch more flour as it seemed to get tackier, but was perfect after that.

Any oil is fine to use.

You can skip adding the food coloring if you prefer.
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playdough shaped into a happy face with title text overlay at top.


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