Making Playdough Is Child’s Play

Tracey made some playdough today with Miss3. Playdough is expensive to buy but cheap to make and easy, easy, easy. You do this once you won’t hesitate to do it again. And from the looks of the photos, making it was easily as much fun as using it afterwards.


You will need:

1 cup plain flour

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1/2 cup salt

1 cup water

Food Colouring (as many drops as you need to make the colour you want)


STEP ONE. Mix all the ingredients together in a pan and stir over a medium heat until it congeals – about 3-5 minutes.

STEP TWO. Say, “Gee, that was easy.”

STEP THREE. While child is making play dough world (not on the carpet!) make yourself a cup of tea and pat yourself on the back.

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  • The best thing about home made play dough is that if the kids DO get it on the carpet, it will eventually (after a few days) dry and crumble and can be vacuumed up….unlike bought stuff (Yes, I know this from experience!)

    • That is true! And they do. No matter how much you explain the ‘not on the carpet’ rule.

  • My recipe is the same, but rather than using the stove, I boil the water first and just mix it all in a bowl… and add spearmint essential oil (or rose oil, or anything that smells good). This actually helps it last a fraction longer….. and, for girls, try adding glitter too, makes it very special and so much more sophisticated than playdoh!

    • We’ve tried the boiled water, but Trace swears by the stove method. At the end of the day it’s personal preference. Kids don’t care, they just want to play with it 🙂 Love the glitter idea.

  • We use 1/2 water and 1/4 oil its really really nice on the hands then. and I always make a double batch and colour it in two colours so you can make a bigger mess and end up with poo colour then you know its time to make more. We also do the essential oil drops too and the salt is great as the ants hate it!

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