Play Dough Recipe


What it says on the tin.

The Elder Sprog was given a lovely little art set for her birthday, and included were three little containers of play dough. Naturally the Younger Sprog wanted them, so today we set out to make her a set of her own. This is my favourite recipe I’ve found because it makes a lovely, soft, malleable dough.


You’ll need:

1 cup white flour

1/4 cup salt

2 Tbsp cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 Tbsp oil

Food colouring in whatever shades. (we originally planned to do pink, blue, and green, but Younger Spawn voted purple at the last minute. I’m afraid my colour-mixing skills were not so hot, so we ended up with a very dark purple.)

And now…

Combine all the dry stuff together, mix it well, then add your water and oil. If you’re just doing one colour, you can add that in now, otherwise divide it up and tint away.



You will now have a rather sloppy batter. FEAR NOT!

You’re going to cook it. Over a medium heat, and keep stirring. Soon you’ll notice the mess thickening, and when it turns into a clumpy ball in the middle of the pot, you’re done with the stovey part.



Turn your (rather hot!) play dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until it’s smooth. This takes like all of 30 seconds.



You have play dough.


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