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Uncooked Playdough

Quick Playdough You Don't Have to Cook

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These uncooked playdoughs are just that -- you don't even need to boil water to make any of these recipes. Keep in mind, however, that these are for children aged 2 years or older and require adult supervision at all times.

Also, when making permanent objects or ornaments (via air drying or baking) be sure to keep them out of reach when finished. Even though they may seem durable, parts can break off later and cause choking.

Small Batch Playdough

1 cup flour
1/3 cup salt
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons canola oil

Mix the dry ingredients first, then slowly pour in the wet ingredients. Knead until smooth and store in a covered container. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring to the wet ingredients before adding to the dry.

Three Cs Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients. Knead until smooth. Keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Nitty Gritty Cornmeal Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup coarse grind cornmeal
2/3 cup salt
2/3 cup water

Mix all ingredients and knead on a floured surface until no longer sticky. Keep in a covered container in the fridge. This dough tends to get stickier over time, so make a fresh batch if needed.

Cornstarch and Color Playdough

3 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 tablespoon canola oil
food coloring

Mix dry ingredients. Add food coloring to water and add to dry ingredients. Mix in oil and knead until smooth. Keeps well in a zip seal bag or even longer in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Gingerbread Playdough

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients first and then add wet ingredients. Knead dough until smooth. Keep covered in the refrigerator.

Sandy Playdough

1 & 1/4 cup sifted sand
3/4 cup flour
1/8 cup water
1/8 cup vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients and knead until well combined. Add more dry ingredients if the mixture seems too moist. This recipe is especially good for making buildings and other things with a more natural, outdoorsy look.

Bake-it-Later Playdough

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 & 1/2 to 2 cups water

Mix ingredients and knead for about 10 minutes. You can use a stand mixer or hand mixer with dough hooks for about half that time, but don't skip this step. Let your child make shapes or roll out and use cookie cutters for ornaments. Bake at 325 degrees F until hard and let air dry another 24 hours before painting.

Shampoo Playdough

3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup white school glue
1/4 cup viscous shampoo (like Pert or leave a little more than this amount out in an uncovered container for a few days to thicken up)

Mix all ingredients together and knead until smooth. This dough is for making permanent objects and ornaments. Once made, let those objects air dry until hard. Paint if desired.

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