It’s been a long week in our house…  Sickness has swept through and hit every person in the house.  Not all at once, thankfully.  But throughout the last almost 2 weeks someone has been sick.  I am tired but thankful…  Thankful that it didn’t hit everyone at once, thankful that we are all generally healthy, and thankful I have a sweet family to take care of and love on.  The days have been long, but they have also been full!  It’s exhausting taking care of sick littles for sure, but I’ve been soaking in all of the extra snuggles and fun we have had at home!  The good news is that the weather has been crummy…  Overcast, cold and rainy so that’s a plus!!  Who wants to go out in the middle of a windy rainy storm!?  Not me…  At least not with 4 kids…  Or even two!  Needless to say, we have needed some rainy day activities so the other night we made playdough.  Kenley was getting antsy and wanted something different to do than her usual ‘painting.’  I don’t keep playdough in the house but decided I would make some with her to see if that would help the ants in her pants!  Meltdown averted…  She’s been hooked ever since and making ‘snowmen’ and playing and having fun with it ever since!  It’s super easy to make and I guarantee you will have all of the ingredients in your pantry.  I have kept it in a ziploc bag now for 4 days and it’s still soft and perfect!




4 cups all purpose flour
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup salt
1 cup hot water
food coloring
optional: extracts or young living oils to make it smell yummy

Set out 4 bowls.
Pour 1/4 cup of water into each bowl.
Add a few drops(3-6) of color into each bowl.
Add 1 1/2 tsp of vegetable oil to each bowl.
Add oil or extract if you desire.  I used 3 drops of Young Living Lavender oil into each bowl.
Measure the 4 cups of flour into a medium bowl and add the salt. Mix to combine.
Pour 3/4 cup of the dry mixture into each bowl and mix well.
If too soft, add a little more of the flour mixture and stir.
You don’t want to add too much at first because it will make the playdough dry, gritty and hard! 😉
Have fun playing with it!

Kenley like to build ‘snowmen’ with hers, or use kitchen tools to make fun designs and shapes!



food coloring




mixing bowl




  1. Very cool! So its basically edible dough. How long does it stay fresh? Alicia likes this recipe we have to make slime… uses elmers glue, water, food coloring, and a little borox. Super easy. Have fun Kenley!

    • It should stay fresh for 6 months if you keep it sealed for freshness! 😉 I’m keeping it in a ziploc baggie and it’s still good as new! I’m going to have to try your slime… sounds fun!

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