Playdough Fun: Adventures With DIY Playdough

Playing with block shapes with homemade playdough •

I just finished checking out Cathy James’ (from Nurture Store) brand new playdough book, and it is fantastic! I’m floored by the amount of info. in there. She has it set up so you get a new idea for each week, giving you a years’ worth of playdough ideas. The projects are grouped loosely by season, and she includes 8 dough recipes, including a gluten-free version and a bread dough recipe. Playdough after all is the perfect transition to baking with your kids.

You really don’t need any other playdough resource- unless you’re a playdough fanatic and want to try every single recipe you can squeeze out of the internet…

play dough recipe

The Homemade Playdough Recipe Book

For some reason, I’ve only ever made the cooked version of playdough, so I was pretty stoked to dig in and whip up some of this new-fangled non-cooked business. We made it yellow and added red glitter, because that is exceedingly fancy. It went over well.


Here’s what happened:

Giant colorful blocks flew from the sky and made all sorts of fantastic shapes throughout the dough mound.

Playing with block shapes with homemade playdough •


A magical flower garden sprouted up from the mound and was enjoyed immensely for a few minutes. But what was happening in the background? Oh no. Trouble was brewing.

playdough and block garden


An enormous caterpillar appeared, seemingly from nowhere and obliterated the garden. But it was okay! The giant caterpillar was friendly and just needed some delicious food….

homemade playdough


….so it could turn into….

drawing with homemade playdough •

… a robot! Such adventures.

Anyway, this ebook is only $8.99, and I can’t recommend it enough. We’ll have fun with it for way past the next year.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I am laughing at myself because I was so impressed with myself that I could make homemade playdough. I used a Martha Stewart recipe and it smelled better than the stuff you buy which my middle picky kid did not like. Also, it was inexpensive to make.

    Now I am humbled by a whole year of recipes. Who knew?!

  2. Oh excellent! Will have to get hold of that book. Our retired neighbour went on a playdough making spree and gave us six containers full – all different colours. (I do sometimes curse her just a little, though, when I’m sweeping up playdough crumbs for the fourth or fifth time in a day 😉 )

  3. I have never made play dough, gasp!
    This book looks and sounds great, maybe I should get it!
    Love your play dough story too!

  4. LMAO! Oh mrs Jean you are TOO FUNNY! Amazingly creative! Thank goodness for the influence we gain from our children hey! I’d be left un imaginative and boring otherwise, at this stage of the game of life if it weren’t for my children 😀 More seriously though, I have been SOO uber inspired by all of your posts and we spaces over the last few years. I cannot say you’re the only one but the abundance of inspiration and creativity you share (have shared) have been priceless inspiration for me! I lost much of it when my last was born–long boring story! POINT IS: THANK YOU and I only hope that you’ll continue to leave the posts on this site available to everyone, for years to come. There is much to valuable information, ideas, & laughter here for moms (parents/caregivers) to be soaked up and shared even further… Thank you Again!!! 😀

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