Homemade playdough is a great way to spend time with your kids, or keep them happy while you work in the kitchen. Many times I have been able to prepare extra vegetables for the freezer, or bake some homemade bread while my kids chat and play with playdough nearby.
It also doesn’t require any special clutter or toys to be great fun. My kids are much happier using my kitchen utensils than they are any kind of special playdough toy. Plus, you can make it with common ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already.
Most homemade playdough recipes do call for cream of tarter and lots and lots of salt. Sometimes that’s not a problem for me, but lately we’ve been buying expensive fancy salt. Not the kind you want to dump into a recipe to be licked and then smushed into the ground.
However, it’s actually pretty easy to make homemade playdough without the cream of tarter or the salt! It won’t last as long in storage, however for us that is never an issue anyway. We use our playdough intensely and frequently!
Here’s How To Make Easy Homemade Playdough With No Salt
4 cups of flour
6 Tablespoons water
1 cup water
Combine the ingredients and knead them together. Go slow on the water, and keep kneading until you have a soft, moldable texture. Once you get the right consistency, you can split the dough into smaller batches and add food coloring or glitter.
To add food coloring to already formed play dough, create a well in the center of the dough. Place a few drops of your chosen color in the well and fold the playdough over. Keep folding until the color starts to become incorporated. Then you can knead it until the color is spread uniformly.
I’ve found that this playdough will keep a day or two for us, IF we get it into a closed container when the kids are done playing with it.
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