Easy play-dough recipe
Updated: Mar 21
Ever feel like craft is one of those things only SAHMs with tonnes if time can do with their kids? They do that stuff at daycare/preschool anyway, so why go to all that effort for 5 mins of entertainment? Well, play-dough is one of those crafts that take next to no time to set up and clean up and has entertained generations of children for a reason. It’s fun, great for developing hand eye coordination and can actually be fun activity to do with your kids.
Making your own play-dough from home is considerably cheaper than buying the ready-made stuff from the shops, and the finished product is softer and longer lasting as well. It seriously only takes about 5 mins to make!
What you’ll need:
2 large spoons (I tend to use wooden spoons),
Food colouring (I use gel colours for a more vibrant finished product)
2 Cups of plain flour (plus extra to adjust consistency)
4 tbs of Cream of Tartar
1 1/3 cups ofboiling water
2 tbs oil
1 cup Salt
What to do:
Mix together all the dry ingredients (Pain flour, Salt, Cream of Tartar) and then separate out into 2 bowls.
Mix together the Water and Oil and then separate into half also. Then add the food colouring to the Water and Oil mixtures. Start with small amounts of food colouring, as a little goes a long way.
Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and then pour in the coloured water mixture. Mix with the spoon to bring the mixture together. Here the consistency of the mixture will differ depending of the weather, brand of flour used etc (which is why I haven’t given you a definitive amount). Add additional flour (1tbs at a time) as necessary, to get it to the texture you think is right.
Once the mixture has come together, turn the dough out onto a floured surface to finish kneeding it together. It may still be a bit warm, so just be careful not to burn yourself.
Viola. Play-dough is done.
To store it, roll the play-dough into a ball and wrap in gladwrap securely. I then pop it into a plastic takeaway container as well. The more you keep it away from the air, the longer it will last. The salt will preserve it for ages! I have kept some as long as 6 months with regular play before having to throw it away.
Hot tip: be sure to pack it away as soon as the kids are done playing with it. If it is left out, it will dry out and you’ll need to throw it away.
P.S. The younger kids will undoubtedly try to eat it. It is completely non-toxic, so you don’t need to worry about this too much - however it has a very high salt content, so you may not like them having too much ;-)