The “Secret” Way To Make Playdough At Home (Grandkids Love It)

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Hello there! Are you looking for something new and exciting to do with the grandkids on a big day together? Well, look no further! Here’s an activity in which you get to make the thing you will use to be creative with later on. And what kid doesn’t love playdough?

Making homemade, non-toxic playdough with your grandkids is a fantastic idea and a fun activity for everyone! I’m thrilled to help you create a memorable experience. Here’s a full tutorial, starting with a list of items you’ll need:

Items you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Food coloring (optional, for added fun)
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A whisk or fork
  • A spatula or wooden spoon
  • A saucepan (to boil water)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Airtight containers or plastic bags for storage

And now you’re ready to begin. Follow the steps below to get started and have some fun!

1) Gather your ingredients

Making homemade playdough step 1

First, get all your ingredients and tools ready. This will make the process easier and more enjoyable for you and your grandson.

2) Boil the water

Boiling water in saucepan
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In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. This will be added to the dry ingredients later.

3) Mix dry ingredients

Making homemade playdough step 3
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In the large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar. Have your grandson help you with this step by pouring and stirring the ingredients together using the whisk or fork.

4) Add oil

Crisco pure vegetable oil
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Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil into the dry mixture. Stir the mixture until the oil is evenly distributed.

5) Add color

If you want to make colored playdough, this is the time to add food coloring. Add a few drops of your desired color to the boiling water and stir it to mix the color evenly.

6) Combine wet and dry ingredients

Making homemade playdough step 6
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Carefully pour the boiling colored water into the dry mixture. Stir the mixture with the spatula or wooden spoon until it starts to come together.

7) Cool and knead

Making homemade playdough step 7

Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, until it’s safe to touch. Once it’s cool enough, use your hands to knead the playdough until it becomes smooth and elastic. This is a fun step for your grandson to help with, as he can squish and squeeze the dough to his heart’s content.

8) Store the playdough

Making homemade playdough step 8
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If you’re not using the playdough right away, store it in an airtight container or plastic bag to keep it fresh and prevent it from drying out.

That’s it! You’ve now made your very own homemade, non-toxic playdough. Have a blast creating, sculpting, and exploring with your grandchildren. Don’t forget to take pictures of your masterpieces before you squish them and start all over again. Happy playing!

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