How to make playdough at home

May 12, 2020Advice, How to, Information, Parenting, Real life, Things To Do

Between us, how are you finding having the whole family at home? With shops shut and delivery services reduced, it’s not easy to find new ways to entertain the kids. With days rolling into weeks, it’s time to get crafty and make some playdough! 

If you’ve been lucky enough to get hold of some flour then we have a surprisingly simple idea for you. Keep little hands busy and out of trouble with some homemade playdough. All you need is a few store cupboard essentials, a large saucepan and a little dash of creativity. 

Why we love this recipe:

  • It’s mess-free
  • You can make batches of different colours
  • The recipe only takes 10 minutes from beginning to end
  • Your playdough will (hopefully) outlast lockdown and keep fresh for months!

Basic recipe:

  • 150g plain flour
  • 65g table salt
  • 2tsp cream of tartare
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 250ml water
  • Food colouring

Watch our quick video tutorial below to see how we made it!


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine your flour, salt and cream of tartar. Make sure you stir them well to make sure that all of the ingredients are evenly mixed. 
  2. Next, pour the water into a big pot with your chosen food colouring and mix. Add the oil and mix all the wet ingredients together so that your colour is even.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into your pot and mix together to form a paste.
  4. Heat your mixture over a low-to-medium heat until it begins to form a dough. 
  5. After a couple of minutes, your mixture should start to form together in a ball. Remove it from the heat and leave it to cool before you try to touch it. 
  6. Once your dough has cooled down, knead it to soften the mixture until it’s soft and pliable. Don’t worry if your dough feels a little dry – just add a drop more oil and knead it into the mixture. 

PLUS if you love this, the opportunities for experimentation are endless. You can:

  • Make a rainbow of colours,
  • Add glitter or sand for texture,
  • Use vanilla, lemon or almond essences to add a scent!

We hope that you and your littles have a lot of fun with your playdough. Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on social media – we’d love to see where your imagination takes you!

With love,

My 1st Years x