Craft: Homemade Ocean Themed Playdough

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Under The Sea Ocean Homeade Playdough

Between being invited to Social Media on the Sand (it’s in beautiful Jamaica this year!) and planning a Finding Dory birthday party for my kids, anything ocean or beach themed is on my mind lately! Making homemade playdough was on our summer bucket list and I always forget how easy it is to make. The recipe below makes a big batch, I’d say big enough for at least four children to have a decent amount of playdough to play with. I picked up a few divided serving trays from the dollar store and filled each section with ocean themed objects like shells, rocks and blue gems. The kids had a blast not only helping to make the playdough, but also playing with their under the sea world. I’m always amazed at how much longer the kids will play with playdough they make themselves. 


3 Cups Flour

1 1/2 Cups Salt

6 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar

3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

3 Cups Water

You’ll also need: divided serving tray, shells, toy fish, rocks, gems, etc.


Step 1: Measure and pour the flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil and water into a large pot.

Homemade Ocean Play Dough 6 copy

Step 2: Continuously stir the ingredients over medium heat on the stove.

Homemade Ocean Play Dough 4 copy

Step 3: When a large ball starts to form, remove from heat and allow to semi cool. 

Homemade Ocean Play Dough 7 copy

Step 4: Knead until you get the consistency of play dough. 

Homemade Ocean Play Dough 3 copy

Step 5: Place the shells, toy fish, rocks, gems and other “under the sea” items in a divided serving tray. Let your child explore and play! 

Homemade Ocean Play Dough 1 copy Homemade Ocean Play Dough 2 copy

 You might also like these other ocean inspired crafts:

Little Mermaid Disney Ears

 Little Mermaid Ears

Finding Dory Marshmallow Pop 3 copy

 Finding Dory Marshmallow Pops

Finding Dory Ribbon Fish Headband

Finding Dory Headband

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.