I love the idea of homemade playdough.  What I don’t love is having to make it all the time.  I wanted to come up with a way to mix up a couple balls without having to spend a lot of time.  So I made some playdough packs.  Then I threw in a surprise!

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

I started with a playdough recipe from Kids Activity Blog.  I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel, and I wanted a recipe from a site that I could trust to get it right.  I’m glad I did.  The recipe was perfect!

The best part of these playdough packs was the fun color surprise.  When I made the packs, I added the food coloring.  So when we added the oil and water, the colors appeared!

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

It was so fun to hear Little Miss shout out the colors.  Sometimes the colors came out as soon as the water was poured in.  Sometimes you had to wait until the dough was mixed up a bit.  Either way, the kids watched with eager eyes as they waited.

Ingredients for each Playdough Pack

  • 1/2 Cup flour, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar
  • Gel Food Coloring
  • Sandwich bags

Start by putting a sandwich bag inside of a cup.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

Add 1/4 Cup of you flour, salt, and cream of tartar.  Give it a good mix.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

Next, add your food coloring.  Make sure you’re using the gel kind.  This will help prevent the dye from running too much.  I used about 10 drops for each bag.  Don’t be afraid to mix up the dye a little too.  Create some fun purples or oranges.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

Finally, add the remaining 1/4 Cup of flour and close up the bag.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

How to turn your playdough pack into actual playdough.

  • A smidge more than 1/3 Cup boiling water.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oil.  (I used olive oil, but any oil will work)

Start by adding the oil to the bag.  Then, very carefully, add the water.  I know the water isn’t very exact.  I found that just at 1/3 Cup left the dough a little dry.  If I added a bit more, it was perfect.  Feel free to try it out.  Just remember, it’s easier to add more than it is to take it away.  So add just a little at a time.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

Close the bag and knead the dough inside the bag.  The bag will be pretty warm.  But definatley managable.  It may be too hot for little ones to knead on their own.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

Once the dough has stopped sticking to the sides of the bag, I finished kneading outside the bag.  Or I let the kids help.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

That’s it!  Mix up a bunch of bags and pull out a couple for a fun boredom buster.

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!

Or mix them all at once and let them have a free for all!

Create these fun homemade playdough packs. They can be made ahead of time and pulled out in a pinch. Plus they contain a fun color surprise!


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Susie's Sister Side Note

I love the size of these packs. Some days you just need a quick surprise for your kiddos.