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The Best Play Dough Recipe

Simple, easy to make play dough recipe.  Everyone has a play dough recipe they love, this one is mine!  Turns out great every time!

The Best Play Dough Recipe- I have tried several play dough recipes over the years but this one would have to be my favourite of them all. It always turns out a nice smooth consistency, not sticky and not too dry. I have also found this play dough recipe keeps for longer periods.

This play dough recipe is also a great base recipe that you can change slightly if you would like to add texture or scent to the play dough for a different theme or topic.

Take a look at our other play dough recipes that have been made based on this basic play dough recipe. There are over 30 different play dough recipes, such as Space Play Dough, The Rainbow Fish Play Dough, Candy Cane Scented Play Dough for Christmas, Chocolate Play Dough for Easter, Spring and Autumn Play Dough and so much more!

What you will need? 

Ingredients for microwave play dough recipe

1 cup plain flour

1 tbsp. oil

1 cup water

½ cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp food colouring


  • Double the recipe for larger groups (4 or more children).
  • If you do not like cooking play dough on the stove, you can replace the cold water with hot water and stir until it forms a smooth ball of play dough.


play dough recipe instructions
  • Pour all dry ingredients together in a saucepan.
  • Add oil.

Step 2:

play dough
  • Combine food colouring to water.
  • All coloured water to dry ingredients.

Step 3:

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  • Use a whisk before heating to remove any lumps and blends all the ingredients.

Step 4:

heating play dough
  • Cook over medium heat constantly stirring until it becomes a thick blob. This part is really hard work!
  • Turn play dough out onto a clean surface and knead into a smooth blob. Be very careful it is very hot!
  • When cool, store in a zip lock bag or air tight container to keep it from drying out.
Everyone has their favourite play dough recipe and this one is mine!  It is easy to adapt to add scent or texture.  Simple Play dough Recipe - my favourite go to play dough recipe!

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Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

My name is Janice and I am an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia.

I have a strong passion and love for teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for my students. What I love most is watching children discover in those amazing light bulb moments. I hope Learning4kids brings you some useful ideas.

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