My Crafty Corner : D-I-Y Playdough

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Mommy Yee Yee, tried out various recipes for making DIY playdough and highly recommended this particular one from TINKERLAB. She said, "I recommend this recipe over others because... does not use hair conditioner, which I do not like the feel of that in my hands."

Get ready to let your hands be messy! 

The Best Playdough Recipe from TINKERLAB

Materials Needed

2.5 cups water

1 1/4 c. salt

1 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar 

5 tbsp. vegetable oil

2.5 cups flour

Steps in making the BEST playdough

Food coloring or liquid watercolors. I’m a fan Sax Concentrated Liquid Watercolors and Wilton Icing Colors, which make gorgeous shades of play dough to match any occasion, mood, or toddler request. The liquid watercolors can be used for so many other recipes and projects such as Painting with Straws, Doily and Watercolor paintings, Marbleized Paper, and Colorful Goop (and seriously amazing sensory experience.

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  • Mix everything but the food coloring together in a large pot until somewhat smooth. It will be lumpy. Not to worry, the dough will get smoother as it cooks.
  • Cook the dough over a low heat. Mix frequently. The water will slowly cook out of the mixture and you’ll notice it starts to take on a sticky dough appearance.

  • Keep mixing until the edges of the dough along the side and bottom of the pan appear dry.
  • Pinch a piece of dough. If it’s not gooey, the dough is ready.

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  • Place the dough on a counter top or large cutting board that can withstand a little food coloring.
  • Knead the warm dough until it’s smooth and then divide it into the number of colors that you will like to make.

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  • Add a little bit of food coloring, and then kneaded it in. Add more food coloring to get the desired shades of yellow, pink, teal, and lavender.
  • Store the dough in a large Ziplock bag or sealed container. Unused, it’ll keep for months. 
Wee Yee Yee

Wee Yee Yee is Mother to Ern Qi and Khai Way. She enjoys baking and making crafts for her kids using natural ingredients.

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1 comment

  • Joanne

    Joanne - Wednesday, 18 January 2017

    Which food colouring did you use? Does it stain the hand

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