How To Make Playdough

Bought playdough is usually used up in no time, especially of course the most popular colours. There's only one thing that helps: make dough yourself. What you need and have to consider for this and a great DIY recipe for colorful kneading fun.

Even very small children love to knead: feeling the soft clay in your hand, pressing, squeezing and mixing colors is just great fun. Older children can get creative with kneading: modeling animals, shaping fruit, vegetables or other food for the doll kitchen and shop, or creating creepy monsters. All of these DIY clay ideas are high on the bucket list for kindergarten and elementary school kids. You can find even more modeling clay inspiration at modeling clay: handicraft ideas for children.

What do you need to make playdough?

Homemade playdough generally consists of the following basic ingredients:

  1. Water
  2. Flour
  3. Salt
  4. Neutral oil, i.e. oil with little taste of its own (e.g. rapeseed oil, safflower oil)
  5. Citric acid

So that your children can work with really colorful modeling clay, you will need food coloring. You use this to color the dough and, depending on the mixture, you get a wide variety of color nuances. A little powder or a drop of liquid paint is usually enough for a pastel shade. If you want really intense bright tones, you have to use up to five drops or a whole packet for a kneaded color.

Why does citric acid have to be in the playdough?

Citric acid or tartaric acid ensure that your putty becomes particularly smooth. In addition, these ingredients also have a preservative effect on the putty.

Recipe for colorful playdough

  • 200ml of water
  • 200 grams of flour
  • 100 grams of salt
  • 3 tsp neutral oil
  • 3 tsp citric acid
  • Food colouring

First you bring the water to a boil. Then you mix in all the ingredients except the food coloring. Mix and process everything until you get a soft dough. Then you divide the dough into small portions and color them with different colors. And the kneading fun can begin!

Can you eat homemade playdough?

Of course, our recipe for making playdough yourself is not poisonous. None of the ingredients used are questionable. However, the large amount of salt can be harmful to children if they eat too much of it. To be on the safe side, it is best to stick with kneading with small children.

Can you store DIY clay?

You can easily store leftovers of our homemade playdough if you pack them airtight. Small Tupperware or tin cans, for example, as well as clean jam jars are suitable for this.


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