When I was young and bored, my mom would reach into the pantry for flour and salt to make me some easy homemade playdough. This stuff could keep me busy for hours. Today, there are countless playdough recipes for kids on YouTube and craft blogs. So not only can your little ones have fun playing with the dough, but they can watch how it's made and maybe even take part in it.
Although most homemade playdoughs are made with food products, not every recipe is edible. According to BBC News, a 2014 warning from the UK's National Poisons Information Service noted that homemade play dough can contain enough salt to poison a child or your pets. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warned that, because flour comes from a grain directly pulled from fields where animals may roam, homemade playdough can contain bacteria such as E. coli. It's important to supervise your kids to make sure they aren't eating the playdough, no matter how good it looks or smells (Seriously, who doesn't love that playdough scent.) And, if you want to play it extra safe, choose recipes for edible playdough, instead.
Here are some easy homemade playdough recipes that your kids will love.
Our Family Nest's crayon playdough recipe, is also a stove top project. But instead of food coloring, they use crushed and melted crayons to make colorful playdough. What a great idea for repurposing all of those old and broken crayons your kids have, right?
Frosting & Powdered Sugar Playdough
If you're worried about your kid taste-testing the playdough, you can try an edible playdough recipe. CraftyGirls' edible playdough is made from cake frosting and powdered sugar. In the video, they used white frosting and added food coloring, but you can use any type you'd like.
You will have to use the stove again for this Jell-O playdough recipe by SoCraftastic. She uses Jell-O along with water, flour, salt, cream of tartar, and cooking oil to make playdough strikingly similar to the kind you buy at the store. The Jell-O provides the color, and won't stain your hands.
One of the most interesting recipes around, Bum Bum Lab's Vaseline playdough looks soft and squishy. Just make sure your little one doesn't put this one in their mouth.