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DIY: Homemade Playdough/ Playdoh (Non-cook Version)

I promised to share Eve’s playdough recipe, and it’s long overdue due to procrastination from moi. Here is it from the awesome mama herself:

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My recipe is:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup hot water (this replaces the stovetop cooking)
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp cream of tartar
food colouring
The process is the same: mix and then add food colouring to desired intensity. If it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour. The ‘control’ specimen in my fridge is still going strong after almost 3 weeks but that’s because it hasn’t been played with and thus the bacterial contamination is minimal. Otherwise, the playdough keeps for about a week – when it feels slimy, I throw it away. I think the non-cooking version is a lot less messy than the stovetop version – just wash one big mixing bowl and that’s it! It took me less than 10 minutes to complete my batch of playdough.
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I’m gonna try it. Qiyun, let me know if you try it too ok?
My cooked play dough is 1-month-old and still going strong. No mould yet!

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DIY: Homemade Playdough/ Playdoh (cooked version)

Dim Sum and The Mangosteen. By Eve & Yanni.

When Eve and I were arranging a playdate for Jingheng and Lucas, she text to say to bring my cookie cutters because she was planning to try and make playdough. Then went a jolt of “so fun!” through my mind, and then “I should contribute too!”. I’ve been meaning to try my playdough recipes a few months ago but my lazybones body refused to move. So thanks to Eve, I finally sprung into action.

I tried the 2 recipes from Instructables, both require cooking:

  • one by canida – she adds colouring after the dough is done
  • another by Lorddrake – colouring added while cooking dough

I preferred canida’s after trying both, because I could just cook once, divide the dough, add various colourings to get different coloured playdough. I’ll just share her recipe and basic steps here, you can click on their links above for more information.

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Cooking in process photos by pregnant sis Mengting; Playdate photos by Eve.

Canida’s ingredient ratios:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsbp cream of tartar (for improved elasticity)
  • food coloring

Steps (My own simplified version):

  1. Mix all ingredients and stir fast over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes. Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and starts to pull away from the sides and clumps in the center. Remove pan from heat. NOTE: If dough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
  2. Allow the dough to cool enough to handle.
  3. Knead the dough on a counter/mat vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth.
  4. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.
  5. Make a hole in the center of the ball and add in food coloring. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the entire ball evenly. Add more colour as necessary to achieve your preferred color.
  6. Voila! Your playdough is ready for the boys and girls.
  7. When you’re done playing, you store the playdough in an air-tight container, or zip-lock bags like me. I stick it in the fridge when not playing to make it last longer

I like Eve’s uncooked version, has no small flour lumps like mine, will post hers when I get it. She’s doing a control experiment to see how long these homemade dough will last, will share the results once out.

If you are interested in using Playdough for art, here’s one on doing Playdough Painting. Qiyun, this should be relevant for you, especially page 6 where the guy shares his experience on drying the artwork.