DIY Playdough

Ages 3+years, adult assistance required

Gloomy weather brings on the search for indoor activities that do not involve the screen.
Check out this recipe for home-made dough and let us know what you create with it!

NOTE: Clay is not edible

What You Need:  

2 cups baking soda

1 cup corn starch

1 ¼ cups water

Food coloring (if desired)


Stirring spoon

Plate for cooling the dough

Damp washcloth or papertowels

What to Do:

Pour 2 cups Baking Soda into a saucepan.

DIY Playdough Ingredients

Add 1 cup corn starch, then stir until mixed.

Add 1 ¼ cups cold water, then food coloring if desired.

DIY Playdough

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes (5-10 mins).

Stirring DIY Playdough

Remove mixture to plate and cover with damp cloth.

DIY Playdough

When cool to the touch, pat until smooth.

If you want to reuse the dough, store it in your fridge for up to one week. If your children want to keep their project, leave it out to dry overnight.

DIY Playdough Coloring Step

For other activities using baking soda, click

This activity involves mixing solids and liquids, which are states of matter. There are many household examples of the different states of matter. 

Watch the videos below and then name some things in your house that fall into each category.