One of my most vivid memories of my mama is her standing at the stove making playdough.


I know I’ve told you guys before, but she taught preschool for more than 20 years, and she used to make playdough for every single student and bring it to his or her house during the summertime. She dedicatedly cooked a fresh batch the night before, packaged it up, drove to each kiddo’s home, and gave him or her a little playdough-gift to ease their fears about school before they stepped into her classroom. She also made it every week for her class…just to have around.

She was pretty neat.


Not unlike homemade playdough. Pretty neat. You can add glitter, sprinkles, colors, rocks…whatever your little heart desires.




Homemade Playdough

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  • 1 C flour
  • ½ C salt
  • 2 t cream of tartar
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 C water
  • Food Coloring (or add-ins like glitter/sprinkles/plastic toys)

Combine all the ingredients except for the food coloring in a large pot over medium/high heat. Stir, stir, stir…and stir until your arm feels like it may fall off and the mixture comes together and looks doughy.

Turn out onto the counter or a cutting board, let cool for a few moments and knead until smooth. Add a few drops of food coloring and knead until incorporated. (You can also add the food coloring while it’s in the pot, and stir it in if you don’t want your hands to get all colorful)

Store in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag at room temperature.


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