Have some fun with your kids this holiday making Snowball Playdough! This homemade playdough recipe is easy and great for party favors or stocking stuffers. The printable tag is great for adding to packages for neighborhood or classroom gifts.
This post has been updated from 2013.
On a recent rainy day, my kids were going crazy having to be cooped up inside, so I thought I’d make them some playdough. I haven’t made playdough for some time, not since my preschool teaching days, in fact. But the recipe is so incredibly easy that pretty much anyone can make it.
Since we were having our snow party the next day, I thought it would be perfect to make some snowball playdough, and make enough for each of the kids to take home a little jar of playdough and a snowflake cookie cutter!
My kids had fun playing with the leftovers – it’s really a great rainy day activity, especially if they have a part in making it. I put enough playdough for each of them on cookie sheets to help contain the mess in my dining room .My daughter, no joke, sat at the table for two and a half hours playing with her little tray of playdough.
Playdough is one of those versatile recipes that you can change up to suit your tastes. (Just remember that this particular recipe is NOT edible. There are several edible playdough recipes out there, but this ain’t it!). To the basic white playdough recipe, I added a splash of vanilla for a yummy scent, and some white, iridescent glitter, but you can add other scented extracts, like Peppermint, or Kool-Aid for color and scent, or food coloring.
Homemade playdough recipe:
Glittery Snowball Playdough
Yield 5 cups
Have some fun with your kids this holiday making Snowball Playdough! This homemade playdough recipe is easy and great for party favors or stocking stuffers.
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup iridescent glitter
- Mix all ingredient in a 5 quart pot over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until mixture is a thick dough consistency, and no longer sticky. Scoop out on a cookie sheet to cool before playing with it.
- *Add glitter after the dough is cool: Flatten playdough into a 1/2-inch disk. Top with glitter, then knead until glitter is evenly mixed throughout the playdough.
- Feel free to experiment with different colors of glitter.
- For different colors of playdough, add food coloring during the cooking process. (It's not fun to knead the food coloring in with your hands - you'll end up with very colorful hands!).
- Experiment with scents by adding extracts to your playdough. Again, this is better to do during the cooking process so it can be evenly distributed.
- Please note that while the basic recipe (sans glitter) is not toxic, it should not be eaten.
Here’s another great inexpensive Christmas gift idea with a free printable!
And here’s the free printable tag so you can make your own homemade playdough gift!
Here are some more free Christmas printables you might like:
- Mrs. Claus Cookie Company Free Christmas Printable
- Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags with Watercolors
- How to Plan a Christmas Movie Night (with Free Printables)