March 4, 2012

Creative Kitchen- Homemade Playdoh and Flubber Recipes

As you may have noticed from my pictures, Tanner and I do a lot of “cooking.”  He helps me make edible food along with some creative creations.  He loves pulling up his step stool, dumping in ingredients and stirring things up.  Since he is Mr. Independent, this is a great way for him to feel much older that his (almost) two years.  If you ask him, most of the time he will tell you he is five.  Occasionally he is four, but never two.  In the neverending world of Pinterest, here are the best playdoh and flubber recipes I have found.


Just Like the Real Playdoh (so they say)

1 cup Flour

1 cup water

1.5 tbsp oil

1 tablespoon alum

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons vanilla

food coloring


Mix all dry ingredients.  Add oil and water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of very thick mashed potatoes.  Remove from heat add vanilla.  Split into balls and add desired drops of food coloring.  Work color in by kneading the playdoh. 




Tips:  While cooking, the goop goes from soupy to thick very quickly. I may have had my burner on too high, so just watch out.  Also, when it was in the pot, the playdoh appeared a little lumpy but as soon as I started kneading it, it became smooth.  Also, I store the playdoh in sandwich baggies in a gladware, in the fridge.  I read somewhere it stays better if refrigerated.  I don’t know if this is true or not but our playdoh is a week old, been played with everyday, and still soft and good as new.  Also, any food coloring stains left on your counter can easily be removed with a Mr. Clean Magic eraser.



Flubber Recipe

Mixture 1:

3/4 cup warm water

1 cup Elmer's glue

Food Coloring

Mixture 2:

2 tsp Borax

1/2 cup Warm water



Stir mixture 1 in one bowl and mixture 2 in another.  Make sure both are mixed very well.  Pour mixture 1 into mixture 2.  No need to stir, just reach in and pull out a glob of flubber.  Work it for 2-3 minutes.


Note: 1 cup of Elmer's glue is almost exactly what is in the big bottles you can buy.  it might take 2 of the regular sized glue bottles.



This was a fun one.  Tanner liked reaching in and picking up the slime.  I have this stored in a gladware container as well to bring out and play with.  Not sure what the shelf life is of Flubber but we will see.  Tanner calls it “mud” and likes to put his animals in it.


Play Cooking

Another thing T-man likes to do is just pretend cook.  I will put a small bowl of flour, a small bowl of dry oats, and a small cup of water out for him that he can then dump into a larger mixing bowl and stir it to his hearts desire.  This will keep him busy for literally 25-30 minutes.  It makes a nice pasty concoction that he thinks is really cool.  I add food coloring drops for him so he can mix it up and see the color spread.

If you don’t feel like making anything real, try having your kid do some pretend cooking with real ingredients.  I bet they will LOVE it too!!


Happy creating!!

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