It’s been a while since I tried to find the recipe for homemade Playdough that comes as close as possible to the result of the famous Play-Doh sold in stores. I tried the recipe for modeling clay without cooking simple and fast, but without being completely convinced of the result. I wanted to try something else, but without falling into very complicated recipes.

In search of my rare jewel I came across the blog of Domesticsuperhero which boasts (note it well!) to propose the best recipe of homemade clay. Intriguing! Only small flat in the American recipe, I detected the presence of the famous cream of tartar, supposed to give the elastic side of the dough. However, even if it is a very common ingredient in overseas pastry, it is rather difficult to flush out in France and, in my humble opinion, remains relatively expensive (20 euros per kilo on Amazon).

I keep in mind that my ideal recipe should be simple to carry out, a kind of recipe that you sip on a Sunday morning with the children, but with a result at the top.

I then replaced the cream of tartar of the original recipe with the sodium bicarbonate of my closet and the result was surprising. The texture is really very soft, slightly elastic, pleasant to the touch, not sticky! With Gabchou we had fun playing with as you can see after!

Gabchou has tested and approved!

The modeling clay is still one of our favorite games, although Gabchou somewhat shunned it in its beginnings.

In addition, its benefits for children are well recognized! Playing with modeling clay helps loulous develop fine motor skills, eye / hand coordination by reproducing previously seen shapes. The game with modeling clay can even pass for a sensory activity with the discovery of the colors, scents and texture so characteristic of the dough. But what’s more, the modeling clay stimulates the imagination of the child. There is a thousand and one ways to play and have fun with.

Results of the conclusive tests the paste resisted the assault without sticking or staining its clothes :). It can be cut very well with plastic shapes and is super nice to the touch!

So what is the recipe for this modeling clay?

I give you down, for the record, the ingredients for a dose. In the original recipe the dose is relatively large, for this reason I decided to divide it by 2. If you want larger amounts, do not forget to double the doses indicated in my recipe.

I also made one color per dose, because I find it easier to dilute the dye into the liquid mixture. Some put the drops of dyes in the paste and then knead, but I am less convinced of the result and moreover it tries the hands. In the end I made 4 doses for, 4 different colors (red / strawberry, green / lemon, purple / lavender, yellow / vanilla).

Ingredients for 1 dose:

125g of classic white flour
2 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate
1/2 tablespoon odorless oil (rapeseed or sunflower)
125 ml of cold water
Food colorings preferably gel (the color is more intense)
Aromas (optional but I used it for my pasta: strawberry, lemon, vanilla, essential oil of lavender)
To visualize the tutorial of the making of the modeling clay, take a look at my video.

And then conservation?

I keep my modeling clay in hermetic containers (I recycle my Avent conservation pots) in the fridge. Two weeks after preparation, the dough may become slightly sticky, if so do not hesitate to add a little flour and knead quickly to recover the original texture.

On the other hand, if the dough begins to dry, you can add a little water to soften it. Preserved in an airtight container the dough is supposed to hold several months;).

So do modeling dough to do it yourself?

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