Make playdough at home!

University City Children's Center's 3rd Annual Playdough Factory (Sept. 19) was a playful and powerful learning event for children, teachers and our guests. Here are some reminders and recipes so you can create your own playdough experiences at home.

Playdough enables a child to:

  • Sooth themselves when they are feeling distress, upset and angry
  • Enhance creativity and imagination while developing confidence in their competencies
  • Develop new and enriched language skill, helping understand the complexities of social settings – listening , understanding , speaking and developing communication skills
  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Grow in their approach to learning, such as developing reasoning and problem solving 
  • Learn math concepts of number and operation…math is more than just counting.

Chocolate Playdough

4 cups boiling water water
2 cups cocoa
2 cups salt
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
large bowl


1. Stir, and then knead until smooth.
2. Store playdough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.