Perfect Playdough And Paint (Homemade!)

Ok, so your at home with your preschooler, it’s ______ (fill in missing word(s) i.e. chucking it down, cold, snowing etc) your bored, he’s bored, she’s bored, your all bored together…. what do you do…?  The answer my friend is blowing in the wind….(alright I hear you, enough references to the weather!!) PLAYDOUGH!!! Now I have tried some different recipes (and have used the stuff you buy from the shops) but the recipe below is by far the best one 🙂 and you know what, as your child gets older he/she can help you make it too!

Cooked Playdough (cooked in my humble opinion is far better than uncooked so that is the one that I am going to recommend!)

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
food colouring

  1. mix the dry ingredients into a saucepan
  2. add the wet ingredients and mix well (you can leave adding the food colouring to when the dough is cooked, then your child can give the dough some colour!)
  3. cook the mixture over a low to medium heat
  4. it is important at this stage to keep stirring to prevent the dough from burning, stir until the mixture forms a ball of dough
  5. remove from the heat, allow to cool it for a bit, then knead until smooth
  6. this is the stage that Livvy helps… make a hole in the ball of dough and pour in a little food colouring, knead the dough and watch how it changes colour 🙂

It’s not just playdough that is fun to make with the bits that we have in our kitchen cupboards, you can also easily make paints at home.  Now a little word of caution….homemade paints are, well, home made!  They will not look, feel or paint like shop bought paints but, they are child-friendly, non-toxic and fun to make! Livvy and I have made paints using the recipe below……

Homemade Finger Paint

3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cornflour
2 cups water

  1. combine ingredients in a small saucepan
  2. warm over a low to medium heat until the mixture has thickened
  3. pour mixture into containers (we stored our in glass jars)
  4. add f food colouring

Another note of caution…. we used more water than is in the recipe above to make it easier to apply with brushes as we found it a little on the lumpy side!

Homemade Puffy Paint  (you will need stiff cardboard for this one!)

1 cup self raising flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup water
food colouring

  1. mix the flour, salt and water into a bowl
  2. divide mixture into separate containers (how many will depend on how many different food colourings you use)
  3. add food colouring
  4. paint onto thick cardboard
  5. put in the microwave for 10-30 seconds then check out the results 🙂

Playdough Recipe taken from; Wonderplay by Reitzes & Teitelman
Paint Recipes; I got them online but can’t for the life of me remember where…


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