Hands-on learning is a lot more fun when it's squishy, smelly (in a good way!), and colorful. That's why these homemade playdough recipes are the perfect accompaniment for preschool and early elementary learning.
Homemade Playdough Recipe = Learning
Not only is it easy for kids to help make playdough at home, it reinforces preschool skills like measuring and fine motor skills control. To you, homemade playdough may seem like an inexpensive way to provide your kids with a natural, safe alternative to store-bought varieties (and they are!), but to your kids, these 100 playdough ideas are a recipe for fun!
100 Easy Homemade Playdough Recipes
Please note: Edible playdough recipes are indicated with an E.
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This playdough is perfect for Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, or any time of year. If you're watching the new Grinch movie, it's also perfect for that! We love it because it doesn't require cooking and doesn't need cream of tartar or salt. It can also be tinted any color!
Ingredients: Flour, Oatmeal, Water, Food Coloring
One of our favorite things about this playdough is that it contains marshmallows! It is definitely sticky at first, so be prepared for your hands to get a little messy. But, it's so much fun to make you won't even care!
Ingredients: Marshmallows, Powdered Sugar, Water, Jell-O Mix
No Cook Homemade Playdough Recipes
Not only does this Peanut Butter Playdough (E) recipe from Thrifty Jinxy not require cooking, it's also super easy (and tasty!) to make! It does contain peanut butter though, so if your child is allergic to nuts, it's a good idea to avoid this version.
Homemade Playdough Recipes Without Cream of Tartar and/or Without Salt
Although this recipe from Crafty Moms Share is called No-Bake Craft Clay, it's more like playdough...and you do have to cook it. Sooo, the name might be a little off, but the ingredients are total fall fabulousness!
Did you know that you can use coffee grounds to make this Oatmeal Playdough (E) less sticky on your hands? Carrie from Crafty Moms Share also explains that you can use cornmeal, but coffee grounds sounds like my kind of DIY playdough recipe!
Unicorn Poop Playdough (E) from The Soccer Mom Blog is colorful, funny, and, disturbingly edible. Your little ones will get a kick out of eating "unicorn poop" during their preschool at home activities.
Holiday & Seasonal Playdough Recipes
Inspired Homemade Playdough Recipes
Sometimes the best way to soothe anxiety or calm the nerves is to use aromatherapy. This Calming Lavender Playdough from Play Based Parenting not only helps keep kids busy, it also soothes their souls.
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