Today is a home made play dough kind of a day

Easy homemade play dough

So Daddy is away for the next few days so I thought me and girls should do something fun, so this morning I made some play dough and we’ve been having fun with it. I thought it would be good to share the recipe as it’s so easy to make – if you can boil a kettle, mix and knead for a few minutes then you’re done!

All credit goes to the amazing Anna over at The Imagination Tree – a truly wonderful site that once you start reading you’ll spend hours looking at things and bookmarking them for later. There’s simple and creative ideas for play, some which require no real set up just things you never thought of using before and other more creative things, it’s really brilliant!

So her recipe is the best I’ve tried, it’s the no cook play dough version, I’ll give a quick run down but do go and check her post and read her A-Z of play dough recipes and activities as again it just fills you full of creativeness.

You need:

      • 2 cups plain flour.
      • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
      • 1/2 cup salt (I buy a massive value/basic range bag for a few pennies, lasts ages).
      • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar (easily found in the cooking aisle).
      • 1 to 2 cups of boiling water.
      • food colouring (optional, we use the wilton ones, both the normal and the neon gel ones, see below, but normal ones from the shops are fine too).
      • few drops glycerine (again optional but it adds more shine and again a little bottle costs about 60p and lasts years!).

Making play dough


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • In Anna’s original recipe then the next step is adding the food colouring to the boiling water and then mixing with the dry ingredients. However I like to make lots of different colours from one batch so I dont add any colour till the end, but either way is fine, whichever is easiest for you.
  • So if you are doing the colouring at the end or are leaving it uncoloured then you add the water now, I generally add a cup and a half and add more if I feel I need to.
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough (it starts off super wet but keep stirring).
  • Add the glycerine if you want to, it’s still good without it in.
  • Allow it to cool down if little ones are helping you knead, otherwise I knead it for a bit whilst warm until the stickiness starts to go then I split into however many colours I want, add a few drops of colour to each and then carry on kneading until they are just right and the stickiness has gone.
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour and knead until just right.

Colouring play dough

And that’s it, really really simple, and once you’ve spent a few pounds on the ingredients, they’ll last you years. It’s much softer then ‘normal’ play dough and cheaper too – without that weird smell as well! Store them in air tight containers, I use food freezer bags and they will last about 6 months – simple!

Homemade play dough

And here’s the girls enjoying them. after we’ve used them a few times I think the texture improves even more, and to keep things interesting I’ll then add glitter and sparkly bits to it.

Play dough fun

Have a great weekend everyone!

Michelle x



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2 Responses to Today is a home made play dough kind of a day

  1. Petit Mom says:

    I’ve been making no-cook version of play dough and it’s fantastic. So much cheaper than bought stuff and no nasties either 🙂 Lovely colours you picked!

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks, yes we’ve been making it for years but with the new wilton neon colours I got off Amazon they really pop! will have to start experimenting with mixing the colours or going for a marble one – doubt it will last long looking like that!

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