How To Make Playdough?

06-Aug-2012 by Lisa Bradburn

Simply Follow This Quick And Easy Playdough Recipe.

I often get asked if I sell playdough (aka Play-doh) at what to buy for kids.

To be honest, I have found that the playdough I’ve bought in the past just doesn’t last and goes hard too quickly. It’s also not soft enough for small hands to use and trying to get it off the carpet once it’s been trodden in can be a complete nightmare. I’ve often tried putting it on the radiator to warm up with no real success!

So talking to a friend of mine, she said that she made her own playdough and that it was really easy to do.

So I decided to give it a go. She was right – even I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make. Lots and lots of soft squidgy playdough – not just a small tub, but an ice cream tub full – a huge success and the kids loved it – kept them entertained for hours!

So try out this easy recipe:

Playdough Ingredients

  • Two cups of plain flour
  • One cup of salt
  • Two cups of water
  • Two teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • Two tablespoons of cooking oil


  1. Add all the ingredients into a pan.
  2. Cook mixture over a medium heat, stirring continuously to prevent sticking to the pan.
  3. When the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan remove from heat.
  4. Take dough out of pan and knead the warm dough.

The only problem is, it will look like dough – a dull creamy, uninspiring colour.

However, when talking about it to my friend we hit upon the idea of adding food colouring to the water and hey presto it worked – we could now make playdough in many different colours – red, blue, green and even black.

Last bonfire night my creative side became the better of me – I added some glitter – sparkly firework playdough, which the children loved!

Not only was I amazed at how easy it was to make, what was more awesome was how long it lasted. As long as you remember to keep it in an old ice cream tub with a lid or something similar and store in a cool place or the fridge it can last a good three months, if not longer.

Once you’ve made your playdough all you need then are cutters and rolling pins. The kids’ cooking sets we have on our website are ideal for this purpose and can be great gifts for kids.

So if you haven’t made playdough before, why not give it a go? Click on the link to view the”what to buy for kids” playdough recipe. Remember to let us know how you get on. Please share your experiences and views with us. Also, if you have made any great models please send in your photos. We’d love to see a green T-Rex or a blue whale.  We’d love you to post your playdough pictures on our Facebook page.

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By Lisa bradburn