Homemade Playdoh (low salt version)





My three year old daughter is rolling the play doh and cutting out shapes.
blue and red food coloring to make a pretty purple
before the mixture has been heated
The mixture will begin to form clumps as it heats.
The mixture is done cooking once it forms a ball.
before kneading
after kneading: a smooth, pliable dough

Back when I taught kindergarten, my class and I made a version of homemade play doh that used almost a whole canister of salt. When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it. There is only one-quarter cup of salt in the whole batch, and it comes together quickly with little fuss. My daughter Julia and I made this version back in January; six months later it is almost as wonderfully pliable as the first day. As for my old recipe, I threw it out. This low-salt version is my new go-to recipe, and I highly recommend trying it. 🙂

Homemade Playdoh (low salt version)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon extract of choice*
  • food coloring
  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together all of the ingredients until almost smooth. Place over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes together in a ball. Remove from heat.
  2. When mixture has cooled enough, knead with your hands until dough is soft and pliable.
  3. Store in a small air-tight container.
*We have used cherry and peppermint extracts...(I'm sure any scent would work). If you prefer unscented playdoh, just skip the extract.

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  1. I’ve been using a different recipe that I love- and it only has 2T of salt.  It also adds a package of jello for scent and color, and I’m certain it improves the texture as well.  The original post I found at Modern Parents Messy Kids.  My post about it is here:http://pureandsimplelife.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/a-new-play-dough-recipe-i-love/
    There’s also some tips in the comments at MPMK worth reading.

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