Playdough is every parent's worst nightmare when it comes to clean-up. However, kids love it. Here are some simple, some edible, and all fun playdough recipes your kids will get a kick out of, and ways you can stay sane in the aftermath.

Used Coffee Grounds Playdough

Take your old coffee grounds and save them to make playdough with your kids.

  • 2 cups dry, used coffee grounds
  • 1 ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup salt
  • colored dye
  • warm water

Mix in the dry ingredients. Mix in the dye with a small amount of warm water. Add the colored water and keep adding water until you reach the desired consistency.

Edible Playdough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 package of unsweetened Kool Aid Mix
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ tablespoon oil

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir in the wet ingredients over medium temperature until it resembles dough. It should take less than 10 minutes. Play with when cooled and eat whenever.

Peanut Butter Playdough

This is another edible option of playdough. Your kids can "make cookies," then enjoy them!

  • 3 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3 ½ cups honey
  • 4 cups non-fat dry milk powder

Beat in a mixer the peanut butter and sugar. Blend in the honey and milk powder. After they are finished playing, store in an air-tight container for the next play time.

Cheap and Easy Playdough

This playdough uses inexpensive items that you can find around the house.

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • colored dye

Place the ingredients in a medium saucepan and blend well over medium heat. Heat until thick and ready to use. Cool before playtime.

Oatmeal Playdough

Make pretend oatmeal cookies with this playdough recipe.

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • colored dye

Mix all the ingredients well, blending the dye with the water for even coloring.

Tips for a successful Playdough playtime

In order to ensure that you are as happy as your kids when the playdough comes out, remember to set yourself up for success. You don't want to call in the hazmat team after a play date with the neighbor kid.

1. Set Boundaries

Make sure the kids know they are only allowed a certain area to play with the playdough. Keep it on the table or other wipe-friendly zone.

2. Cover Your Area

Take a large plastic garbage bag or tarp and use it for the playdough zone.

3. Treat Playdough Accidents

If you end up with the dough on your carpet, scrape the area with a credit card. Then treat the playdough with rubbing alcohol, careful to avoid letting it sink into the carpet. Rub gently in one direction, rather than circular movements. If the alcohol doesn't work, dilute dish soap and blot the area.

Watching your kids create dinosaurs and cakes out of homemade playdough is totally worth the mess. And if you're a wee bit proactive, you can make sure the mess is virtually non-existent. Have fun with them and get your hands dirty. You'll never regret it.

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