Last week, Kristen asked me if we could make playdough. Friends, I’m not gonna lie, homemade playdough is usually a big, sticky, salty mess, which for a sensory avoiders like me and my little Kristen is not ideal. But she was persistent, so, I started hopping around the internet looking for a flourless-gluten-free-not-super-sticky-or-salty-homemade-playdough recipe. Wow, that was a mouthful and a tall order.
Friends, it was awesome!
Kristen really wanted pumpkin playdough so we modified the recipe a bit and it turned out fantastic!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 10 Drops Orange Food Coloring (we used these food gel colors by Wilton)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (add more or less – whatever suits your fancy!)
Here’s how to make it:
Next, pour the baking soda, cornstarch, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium sized pot.
Then, gradually add the water to the dry ingredients and cook on medium heat, stirring gently but frequently with a spatula until the dough forms into a ball. It’s very liquidy at first (sorry I don’t have a picture of this stage! I was stirring, stirring, stirring), but keep at it and the dough will form!
When it comes to playdough, there’s a tendency to be restrictive, but playdough is an awesome opportunity to let your little ones be creative, develop fine motor skills, and have oodles of fun!
A few things our little ones love to use when they play with playdough:
- Cheese spreaders or butter knives (this is a great way to teach little ones early cutting skills!)
- Rolling pins
- Cookie cutters
- Googly eyes (awesome for Halloween fun – or anytime fun!)
- Golfballs (the kids love to roll golfballs in the playdough to see the tracks and patterns it makes!)
The possibilities are endless! Let your kids be creative and they’ll surprise you with their ingenuity!
*A couple of tips: The playdough should keep for a couple of weeks or more, especially if refrigerated. Just make sure to check each time before your little one uses it that it is still in play worthy condition :) Lastly, if the dough dries out, add a few drops of olive oil or wet your hands with water and knead the dough – it’ll soften right up again!