Easy to make Play Dough

Emmy loves play dough – infact it’s her all time favourite thing to do at the moment, however after lots of playing daily all her lovely shop brought Play Dough has turned Brown and is drying out which means it’s all crumbly.  This is no good for model making at all.

While searching for an easy to make recipe to make our own Play Dough I came across a great No-cook 4 minute play dough recipe from the Imagination Tree and just had to try it, so we did this morning at 7.30am (like you do when you have a toddler!)

What we used:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • up to 2 cups boiling water
  • food colouring (optional)
  • It really was SO easy and by 8.15am Emmy and I had whipped up 6 batches of Play Dough in a rainbow of colours and made enough to take into work with us next week!

     First we added the 2 cups of flour, then the salt and the cream of tartar and Emmy stirred it together with the vegetable oil.

    Then carefully the 2 cups of boiling water was added and I added the food colouring as well at this stage so it mixed in easier.  I let Emmy stir it herself while being very careful she didn’t burn herself.  I then kneaded it all together (much to Emmy’s annoyance, however it was very hot so she wasn’t allowed to help), you need to kneed for a few minutes to make sure all the ingredients are combined.


     Once cooled it is ready to be played with!  I am amazed at how quick and easy this recipe is and we love it.  I threw away all of Emmy’s old play dough and our new soft squidgy dough has replaced it.

    (“Mine Mummy, all mine!”)
    You can also add a few drops of glycerin to this recipe to add shine however we didn’t bother, and if you find your dough too wet/sticky just add a little flour – I had to a few times as added a little to much water.
    Next time, and I’m guessing this will be a few weeks time (Emmy loves mixing the colours together then moans they are all the same colour) will may add some vanilla essence or lemon juice for a nice fragrance and will try some glitter in there too.

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