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Play dough dries out so to stay moist and pliable or cheap easy make it yourself

daughter just starting calling it play dough, called it "rock" before - lol
buying new play dough every few weeks seems like a waste of money
but she loves it, so i buy more
how to keep it from drying out so fast?


Asked by fiatpax at 3:04 PM on Feb. 8, 2011 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Keep it in an air-tight container and that will help with it drying out so fast. As for making it yourself, this is the recipe I always used for our classroom playdough - I would make a fresh batch at least once a month since so many little hands played with it, but at home with my own kids it lasts a lot longer than that.

    Here's the link to my page with lots of homemade playdough recipes


    Answer by scout_mom at 3:07 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • google playdoh and make your own~ then keep it in a tupperware container... if tightly closed mine has lasted for 3 mo now

    Answer by rebeccadac at 3:07 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • keep it in an air tight container but also add veg. oil to the recipe.

    Answer by Momforhealth at 3:21 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • I buy the cheap brand from dollar tree. you get 6 large containers for a $1. Still moist and it is used frequently since Christmas.

    Answer by coala at 3:09 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • veg oil
    will try
    have been adding water to play dough and it helps but only for the one time we play with it, next time have to add more water

    will be looking at homemamde ones too

    thanks all!

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 3:27 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • I usually wet my fingers, touch over the dry playdoh... and stick in a ziplock bad!

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 3:41 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • err... bag

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 3:42 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Make your own it is so much softer and will last alot longer months and months. It only calls for salt, cream of tarter and flour and oil.

    Answer by Momabear455 at 9:45 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • we bought the kiddos something called Moon Dough for Christmas. They claim it never dries out. We'll see.

    Answer by Proverbs_31 at 10:15 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

    The prices aren't too good, but we got a whole set on sale at walmart for $10

    Answer by Proverbs_31 at 10:18 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

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