Homemade Playdough

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If you’re excited for your baby to play with playdough but don’t like the ingredients in the store-bought stuff, look no further. This easy no-cook dough comes together so quickly I could whip it up before the morning school bus!

In a big bowl, stir together 3 cups flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cold water, 2 teaspoons food coloring, and 2 teaspoons vegetable oil.

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Stir to form a dough, then turn out onto a surface and knead until it comes together and feels like playdough. I found it helpful to divide the dough into four smaller portions during this step.

It was time for Veronika to play! We sat down on the floor and I showed her the dough. She seemed hesitant to touch it at first!

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I made a few shapes for her, showing her how to roll it into balls or snakes, or how to pay it into flat discs.

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She got into the action a little tentatively, but with smiles.

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Then of course she wanted to lick it. Uh oh, yucky!

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Luckily the high salt content means even the most curious kids won’t take more than a sample.

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Have fun making animals and name them for your baby. We had snakes and perhaps a green frog or two. The playdough will keep in an airtight container or bag for about 1 week. Next time we’ll try a different color.

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Want a more fall-themed version for your baby? My all-time favorite homemade playdough is pumpkin pie scented.

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