I love homemade playdough for two reasons. Number one is that I know exactly what is in it and number two being the fact that it’s so cheap and easy to make that I don’t mind throwing it away after they are done paying. It never fails that with the store bought playdoh we end up with four containers, three of which contain a gray brown mixed color of playdoh and one of which is totally empty and is probably being used as a weapon against sisters.
It takes five minutes at most to whip up a batch of homemade playdough. The worst part for me though is the smell. Because you use heated oil it always smells like a fried chicken place in my house after I make a batch. So the other day when I was in the store and saw the coconut oil I knew I had to try it.
Today I made playdough using coconut oil.
The finished playdough only has a slight hint of coconut. I would not call it “coconut scented” however my house smelled wonderful while I was making the playdough and that is more than worth it. Plus I love the fact that when my kids are playing with the playdough they are getting a healthy dose of coconut oil naturally rubbed into their skin, much better than vegetable oil in my opinion. I tried three different made up recipes but the best one was the timeless playdough recipe that I always use with the only change being swapping out the oils. I hope you go CocoNUT over this playdough. (Sorry I couldn’t resist).
If you don’t have coconut oil than you can use any cooking oil.
Coconut Oil Playdough
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- gel food coloring
Heat oil in a saucepan on low heat until you start to smell the wonderful coconut smell.
Dump the rest of the ingredients into the pan and start stirring.
It will quickly come together.
Stir until it forms a ball and then remove from heat.
Let the ball of playdough cool on a plate or mat for a few minutes.
Cut into sections and knead gel color into each section until you reach the desired shade.
Add cookie cutters and rolling pins to the mix.
Now you have the recipe for ten minutes of peace and quiet.
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