How to Make Play Dough?

BY ON Aug 8, 2011
My favourite play dough recipe - How to make play dough -Easy recipe for making play dough by Learning 4 Kids

How to make Play Dough?  A simple play dough recipe to make great play dough every time!

This is my most favourite play dough recipe and I have tried several recipes out there.  I find it not to be too dry and it doesn’t leave any residue on the hands during play.


What you will need?


1 cup plain flour

1 tbsp oil

1 cup water

½ cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp food colouring


How to make it? 


Pour all dry ingredients together in a saucepan.


Add oil and combine food colouring to water, then add to dry ingredients.


I use a whisk before heating as I find this helps remove lumps and blends the ingredients.


Cook over medium heat constantly stirring until it becomes a thick blob.  This is hard work! Then turn out onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth blob.


When cool, store in a zip lock bag to keep it from drying out.


To download and print this recipe click on the below links: 

Printable Recipe- How to Make Playdough with Pictures

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5 Responses to “How to Make Play Dough?”

  1. Nanny's Nest says:

    I’ve never made play dough before – have everything out and ready to do … just wondering how long it lasts if put back in the bag after each play? Someone told me a couple of days … dont fancy making it several times a week lol

    • Janice says:

      Thank you for you comment Nanny’s Nest I will email you as I am not sure if replying to this comment will work. Chat soon! x

  2. Migdeliz says:

    I have never made play dough before until today :-) I followed your recipe, it’s so easy! (its a very economical way to do something fun and educative) However I didn’t put any scent and the smell was weird. Nevertheless, my son had a great time making it and playing with it. I wonder how long it will last. I put it in an plastic container with lid.

  3. Tiffiny says:

    This is a great play doh recipe! I’ve made a handful of different versions, and I like yours the best so far. It has a great texture. And I love your site!

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