Yup, you read that right…The Best + Softest Homemade Playdough Recipe …ever.
After having three boys and a Pinterest account for about 10 years, it’s safe to say I’ve made my fair share of playdough recipes. Playdough is one of my favourite things to give to the boys to keep them busy and creative, and I’ll be honest, I love playing with it too.
After trying a few different methods when making playdough, I prefer boiling the water and then mixing the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. The clean up tends to be easier and I find the dough cools faster in a mixing bowl rather than cooking it all together in a pot. When cooking right on the stove, I also feel like its easier for the playdough to dry out. So I just avoid it.
The secret ingredient is always coconut oil.
I think the secret to my best + softest homemade playdough recipe is using all coconut oil. Typical playdoughs use mostly vegetable oil, but we don’t really use vegetable oil for anything, and I just think coconut oil is better in every way! haha
It keeps the dough extremely soft, not to mention our skin! And it gives the playdough a subtle sweet smell that overpowers any salty smell typical playdoughs have. We buy the large tubs of coconut oil because we use it for cooking, beauty, and creativity. I LOVE coconut oil.
Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. No shaving cream? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Bad credit? Coconut oil. Kids acting up? Coconut oil.
I don’t know if it’s because of how soft it is, or how vibrant the colours turn out in this playdough, but the boys will play with it for so long! They probably average about 45 minutes a day playing playdough and for a few rowdy boys, that’s saying a lot!
For the colouring, I have found the best way is to use gel food colouring. You don’t need a lot to make the playdough vibrant and bright, and it doesn’t change the consistency of the playdough whatsoever. I also find it super easy to add. No messy coloured water or dying it another way and realizing it isn’t as dark as you’d like but it’s too late to change. After kneading the dough you can add as much or as little as you’d like to your heart’s content.
There are all kinds of ideas on the internet for using playdough as a learning tool. You really can’t go wrong with always having some on hand!
You can always add essential oils to it too for some added loveliness!
Hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you do end up trying it, tag me on Instagram @britstrawbridge! I’d love to share what you and your littles create with my audience!
The Best + Softest Homemade Playdough Recipe
Make your own non-toxic playdough! The best + softest homemade playdough recipe. This recipe is super quick, easy, lasts months & does NOT stain hands!
- 2 1/2 cups water boiled
- 1 1/4 cups salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 5 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- gel food colouring
In a large mixing bowl stir together salt, cream of tartar + flour
Carefully add boiled water and coconut oil to mixing bowl
Stir until dough forms
Let the dough cool down a little until you're able to knead it with your hands
Knead dough until smooth
Separate dough into as many colours as you are creating and add gel food colouring drops to each dough ball and knead the colour into it
Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.