Quick No Cook Homemade Playdough — with a twist {and without cream of tartar}

Quick No Cook Homemade Playdough — with a twist {and without cream of tartar}

Back when the girls were in preschool, the teachers had a sign-up sheet asking the parents to each take a month to make playdough for the class to play with. The colors would vary depending on what the theme for the month was. I definitely made my fair share of it. The school provided a recipe to make sure it was everything coming into the classrooms was allergy-safe. This particular recipe was for a cooked, unscented playdough. Once the girls were done with preschool, a part of me was glad not to have to make any more playdough. [Hey, that was 4 years of playdough making! Four years of large playdough batches that took a ton of flour, almost a whole container of salt and enough cream of tartar that would make me constantly need to make last minute trips to Kroger.]

After preschool, we had a TON of the store-bought Play-Doh in our home and a ton of the playsets. With our last move, we cut down on some of our containers and sets that just didn’t see much play time.

Enter my Little Man. I recently found a three-pack of Play-Doh hiding in my garage. (It may have been hiding…or I may have just forgotten to bring it in the house when unpacking…) He has enjoyed playing with the stuff and life was good.

Or so I thought.I was checking out some people on Instagram the other day and saw a mom sharing her genius idea {you can see it here}. Seriously, it’s such an awesome idea. Homemade SCENTED playdough! She tinted her dough orange and added orange zest. I know, amazing!

Our color for the week is yellow. So I thought to myself, “why not bring this sensory play into our day”. I asked Google for a playdough recipe and got to work.

After tweaking the recipe, here’s how to get in on the awesomeness.

4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup salt
1 cup warm water
yellow food coloring
zest from 1-2 lemons, depending on how “lemony” you want your doughย 

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  2. Zest your lemon(s) over the mixing bowl.
  3. Go ahead and color your water while it is in the in measuring cup.
  4. Slowly pour your colored water into the mixing bowl and stir as you go.
  5. Once it gets too hard to stir, knead your dough until it is no longer sticky — you may need to add more flour.
  6. When it is no longer sticky, you’re ready to play!

All 3 kiddos were excited to help mix this up and it was definitely a kid-friendly recipe. This is also a good recipe since it took maybe 15 minutes to whip up.

The kids got settled in at the table while I grabbed down some cookie cutters. While searching for which ones to set out, I remembered using the letter cookie cutters to help Ladybug with letter recognition back when she was in preschool. So I pulled out our letter of the week “A” and our number of the week “2”. I pulled out the letter ‘B’ since Little Man already recognizes the letter and gets excited when he finds it. Ladybug pulled out some shapes that begin with one of the two letters: a bear, a bunny, and an airplane.

Little Man, Ladybug, and Rosie all enjoyed playing with the lemon-scented playdough. They’ve told their grandparents all about it and showed it off to my mom who came by. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll definitely be doing this again. And with different colors and scents. I’m thinking a lavender one for purple. And, of course, an orange-scented dough for orange…or maybe pumpkin spice scented? Oh the possibilities!

Have you tried making your own playdough? Do you have color/scent combination that you love? I’d love you hear about it! And give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good week everyone!

2 thoughts on “Quick No Cook Homemade Playdough — with a twist {and without cream of tartar}

  1. Oh. This is awesome! I’ve just started home/preschooling my four year old and she loves playdough and cookie cutters! We are on “A” this week also! I’m thinking mint for green and cinnamon for brown or even red?
    Love, Love this!!!

    1. Thank you Trema! I’m sure your preschooler will love it! And I love the mint and cinnamon ideas! I was struggling with a green idea! Oh, I wonder how a little cocoa powder would work for brown as well? Maybe I’ll try it and share how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for reading and commenting! You guys have fun with your playdough and cookie cutters! ๐Ÿ™‚

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