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Throwback Thursday: Lets Make Homemade Playdough

Throwback Thursday: Lets Make Homemade Playdough

It’s Throwback Thursday!! My memories for the day popped up so I clicked on it and got reminded of my Thursday 2 years back. The day Alijah and I made homemade, edible playdough I was cooking and somehow a toddler with sticky fingers got ahold of a brand new bag of flour. By the time I looked up my then 2-year-old rolling around in my flour all over my family room floor.Throwback Thursday: Lets Make Homemade Playdough   First I stripped him down because he clearly was not wearing that outfit for the day.Then I did what any mommy would do. Busted out a bowl, some ingredients, and we made homemade, edible, safe playdough. Because why not.


Yield: Edible Playdough

Throwback Thursday: Lets Make Homemade Playdough

Throwback Thursday: Lets Make Homemade Playdough
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 5$


  • 1-2 cups of Flour (add more or less to get desired consistency)
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Optional Food Coloring to make it look pretty
  • OR
  • Optional Kool Aid Packets to make it look pretty and taste good


  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Bowl
  • Spoons for Mixing


  1. Measure Ingredients
  2. Mix it all together in a bowl
  3. Add more flour as needed. You want it to be firm and not sticky but still malleable
  4. Alijah had a blast with my rolling pin, spoons, bowls, and other kitchen utensils. Even my older boys got in on the fun.
  5. When you are done playing make sure to store in a plastic baggie or bowl with a lid in the fridge so it doesn’t spoil too fast or dry out.
  6. It won’t last forever but you should get a few days of fun out of it. Besides half the fun is in the making process!!
The best part of this recipe is that with or without the kool-aid it is edible. It is not delicious but if you have a kiddo who puts everything in their mouth like I do then this is a safe alternative to playdough.

Throwback Thursday: Lets Make Homemade Playdough

Another fun craft is Slime. It is not edible but still lots of fun to make and play with.

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  1. November 24, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Lmbo! This is taking me back to when my children were little and curious.

  2. November 24, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Lool, this looks super fun! I definitely know Iโ€™m going to do when I visit my nephews next month!

  3. November 25, 2017 / 6:04 am

    OMGoodness, this was a memory provoking post. I love making play doh to this day! My girls love it as well. I get jealous, when I come home and they made it with Daddy ๐Ÿ™

  4. Jen Walker
    November 25, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a mess! I’m sure it was still so much fun, and what a great memory!

  5. Jennifer G
    November 25, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Wow this was such an amazing post! I havenโ€™t made homemade playdoh in a while. I am going to have to do it soon. NOSTALGIA!

  6. Rosey
    November 25, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    THat was a smart way to make the most of the moment. Now you’ve made a permanent memory and a statement of your patient character as well. Awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. November 25, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Oh this is so adorable! Its moments like these that you will always remember.

  8. Claudia Krusch
    November 26, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Oh my these photos are so cute. I will have to give this playdoh recipe a try. It will be great for the next time my friend brings her little ones over.

  9. November 26, 2017 / 11:47 am

    OMG super cute! I love this. Making and playing with playdoh with the kids has so many memories.

  10. November 27, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Oh my goodness, my OCD is freaking out! I would have sat down and cried! Good for you for coming up with something great out of a mess.

  11. November 27, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Moms need to have a sense of humor. Your sense of humor and creativity saved the day both for you and for you cute and exploring son

  12. November 27, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Such a sweet mess! My daughter got into my chocolate cake mix one day when I was baking a cake. Huge mess but great memories!

  13. Jodi
    November 27, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Ahh this looks like something that would happen at our house!
    Homemade play dough is so fun, looks like it was enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  14. November 27, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Oh my gosh! My boys love playing with playdoh, I bet they would get a kick out of making our own!

  15. November 27, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I remember making playdoh with my mum as a kid – it’s just so much fun to play with! Even as a big kid haha

  16. November 27, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Oh wow, I bet you that was fun to clean up! Lol The recipe looks easy enough. Thanks for sharing!

  17. November 28, 2017 / 1:54 am

    I bet it was really hard to clean up, but what fun to be had while it lasted! I love that the recipe is kid safe!

  18. November 28, 2017 / 2:27 am

    Ha, my daughter would make messes like this. She got into EVERYTHING. Gates didn’t help either. She figured out how to climb over them early on.

  19. November 28, 2017 / 3:00 am

    What a fun and messy activity! Itโ€™s good for kids to be messy! Way to go mama!

  20. November 28, 2017 / 7:05 am

    This is so cute! I used to enjoy messy play with my lil girl. It is a perfect sensory play for them to indulge in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. November 28, 2017 / 7:10 am

    This is jaw dropping mom awesome. So glad you got to document it AND turned it into an awesome activity and post at that! Rock star mom moment. Love it, thanks for sharing.

  22. Cristina Leau
    November 28, 2017 / 8:21 am

    I want to make playdoh and slime as well. For me not for any kids, but still. I have to try this.

    • ashleyb21
      November 28, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      LOL I had a blast with it too!! Sat right down with the kiddos and started playing #boymomdaze

  23. November 28, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Oh my! He looks like he had a lot of fun. That is quite a mess. LOL! This looks like a fun activity to do with kids.

  24. Jessica Taylor
    November 28, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Oh man, that seems so messy lol. Looks like you had lots of fun!

  25. November 28, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Hahaha so funny. Im a childminder and this is my life…although im not sure i would have handled that situation with as much sanity as you did.great post.

  26. November 28, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Hahaha! These photos are hilarious! I haven’t attempted to make my own playdoh yet, but this sounds like a fun idea (even with the mess!)

  27. November 28, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Love this playdoh is a fav in our home. Woah Mama, that mess ahahaha looks like he had a ball!

  28. November 28, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    “When life gives you lemons”!
    Such a good idea! And I love the Kool Aid addition. I am trying that one soon!

  29. November 28, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    This was hilarious! I love the idea of making your own playdoh. While it’s messy, I bet he had a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Khushboo
    November 28, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Aww such a cute pic.. Looks like he had lot of fun..

  31. November 28, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    hahahah! That’s a fun little project in itself! LOL

  32. November 29, 2017 / 12:47 am

    I have never thought about putting Kool-Aid in the mix instead of food coloring that can stain the skin worse! That is a brilliant idea and brings back so many memories of my childhood as well.

  33. Aditi
    November 29, 2017 / 2:47 am

    This is the cutest thing I’ve read all day. The pictures are adorable. Such a smart idea of making play dough. It’s so safe for kiddies. Cheers!!

  34. Mike
    November 29, 2017 / 5:56 am

    Wow quite a mess lol. As someone w/one dog Iโ€™m definitely not ready for that in my life hah.

  35. Julie Syl
    November 29, 2017 / 7:30 am

    That throwback photo is hilarious! I remember my kids doing it. Lol! That was fun

  36. November 29, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Omg! Does this really happen in real life! Haha, that is such a precious memory! Didn’t know it was so easy to make your own play-doh, also, great idea to make it edible!

  37. November 29, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Oh this sounds like so much fun. I dont think I’ve ever tried to make playdoh but I totally should atleast so I can for nostalgia reasons.

  38. November 29, 2017 / 10:12 am

    My kids loved making play dough. We would spend hours and have a great time.

  39. Krysti
    November 29, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Such hilarious photos and memories! I loved playing with homemade playdough as a kid, so fun.

  40. Angela Cardamone
    November 29, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Oh my, how much fun was that? I need to make play doh with my kids soon!!

  41. November 30, 2017 / 5:03 am

    Oh my, how fun is this?! Looks like quite an eventful afternoon.

  42. November 30, 2017 / 6:35 am

    Oh my goodness! What a (funny) mess. Great idea though. Love it.

  43. November 30, 2017 / 7:44 am

    Oh! How I Love this playdoh lots of fun fun fun, itโ€™s messy but my kido will love this! great recipes & smart idea to make it.
    Have fun kiddo’s

  44. November 30, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Indeed great memories. Messy yet brings so much laughter especially when the kids are older now and missing times like this.

  45. November 30, 2017 / 10:24 am

    I like this – it’s less toxic and a lot more creative. And it’s a great thing for you and your kids!

  46. November 30, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Haha! Kids are kids. They always do some mess like this. Some are more worst. lol!

  47. November 30, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I remember making the homemade playdough when I was a child. it was fun. But I never seemed to do it with my daughter. We just bought the stuff and kept track of it. I am not sure why. I think it was for the molds as much as it was for anything else.

  48. Blair villanueva
    December 4, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Haha the photos are truly funny! Glad you keot this souvenir photo, which makes your kid’s childhood more memorable.

  49. December 4, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Oh my gosh! We made a mess but not quite this bad. Haha!

  50. December 5, 2017 / 3:26 am

    That was a big mess! Itโ€™s so cute your child got to play with playdough that is homemade! So cute!

  51. December 6, 2017 / 5:50 am

    Well, it looks like they had a fun mess right there! Awesome recipe

  52. December 6, 2017 / 6:42 am

    In childhood i used to do the same.. its like playback of childhood memories for me

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