Play Dough

Play Dough


I know that today’s recipe is not one that is edible (although I know some 5 year olds who would disagree) but it is a recipe nonetheless and one that will come in handy if you hang out with a lot of kids in a babysitting capacity.

It was my birthday yesterday and I decided to bring the kids at my work a treat in the form of play dough. I thought it might be complicated to make but it’s totally not, so get excited to make this!


What you’ll need:

1 cup of salt
2 cups of water
Food colouring
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 cups of plain flour
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar


First, boil the salt with the water in a large saucepan. Do make sure it actually boils. All the salt will be dissolved.


Take the saucepan off the heat. Pour in the food colouring to the salt water. I used red (which ends up looking pink) but you can use literally any colour you want. If you are giving it to kids then think about whether they’re able to handle different colours if you make two batches. My work involves about 40 kids all screaming and trying to get to the play dough at once and they’re not that wise when it comes to knowing that it’s not cool to mix colours – so I just made two batches of the same colour. It’s boring, but if you want the dough to last more than one play, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.


After that, add all the rest of the ingredients and stir until it’s as combined as you can get it without your arms dropping off. Mine was not very well mixed by this point, but the next step fixed it.


Then put on some rubber gloves (just ones you would wash up in) and get the dough out of the saucepan while it’s still hot! Knead it on a board until it’s all well combined and smooth. In my second batch I ended up with a lot of little flour pockets so I had to go through and pick them all out, which is tedious, so make sure you are trying to do everything as thoroughly and you can!


After that, you can start playing with it immediately (hell yes) or put it in a clip-lock bag and put it in the fridge. If it’s properly refrigerated it can last a good 3 months – however I fear that most of this is going to end up in hair. Ah well. Enjoy!


  1. cassieandara April 2, 2014 / 10:00 am

    Is it bad if I just want to make this at home and just have it for myself? I love play dough!

    • louiseunwin April 2, 2014 / 10:38 am

      Not bad at all! I was considering keeping the second batch for myself tbh.

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