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

Printable Recipe- How to Make Playdough with no pictures


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9 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!

  4. dudu says:

    thank you for this it looks easy I work at a pre-school and daycare we always looking for new things to do with the toddlers keep them busy so thank you how long it last.the one we made last ddnt work out as much kwa kwa

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  6. Binte says:

    can we preserve it?

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