Creative Saturdays – Playdough Tadeo

Creative Saturdays – Playdough Tadeo

playdough - finished Tadeo Turtle playdough

I don’t know about you but I love playdough. I loved it so much when my kids were small that I played with them every time. Then when they grew up I had to try making pottery. I have had some lessons and some successes. But my watercolour called me back. So I haven’t played with pottery in a while.

So today I decided to make some playdough. There are so many great recipes out there. I have a good one in the back of Tadeo Turtle but it is for dough that you bake, and then paint.

Today I will use a great recipe I have used for years.


Playdough Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Food colouring



1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
2. Add water and oil and food colouring ( I learned you could use Koolaid but I didn’t have any.)


playdough mix ingredients

3. Cook over medium heat on the stove top.

playdough - cook until it comes away from sides of pot
4. When it starts to come away from the sides it is done.

Playdough finished cooking
5. Remove from heat and put on wax paper. – watch out it is hot.

playdough rolled out onto waxed paper
6. This is the best part. Start working the dough.

playdough - kneading the dough

7. Start forming the turtle – make the bottom, legs, tail, head.

playdough - forming the turle


8. Make a shell to put over his body. I used toothpicks to design the shell but you can use anything and design it any way you want. This is your turtle.

playdough - add shell and googly eyes

9. The finished Tadeo Turtle – if I had made other colours of playdough I would have used them in his shell.

playdough - finished Tadeo Turtle playdough

10. The playdough can be kept in the refrigerator for a long time in a covered container or closed bag. I even put Tadeo in there as my granddaughter is arriving tonight. I wanted to show her.

Playdough in fridge
Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

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  1. I will definitely have to send this over to my daughter for her kids. They love to do stuff like this. Thanks for sharing & have a great weekend.

  2. My daughters love playdough too. I like making it for them, though one recipe I tried was really sticky and didn’t work very well (I think it was a no-cook version and it seems to work better when you cook it). This looks like lovely playdough. 🙂

  3. I was looking for a good play-dough recipe. My daughter loves play-dough but has the habit of letting it dry out in tiny balls all over the floor. This is a much cost effective way to replace them.

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