DIY Playdough

DIY Playdough

Kids absolutely love playdough, so why not learn how to make your own and add another dimension to the whole experience.

You’ll need:
1 cup flour
½ cup salt
1 tbs cream of tartar (or white vinegar)
1 tbs cooking oil
Food colouring (of your choice)
1 cup boiling water

How to make playdough

Mix all ingredients except food colouring together in a bowl. When the mixture has cooled enough for you to handle, knead it well over a floured surface. Divide the dough into sections and knead a different colour into each one.

Kate Elwin, Mum to Oscar, 12, Max, 7, and Layla, 3, tried & tested this playful craft recipe.

Words by Kate Elwin


  • The cream of tartar just acts as more of a preservative (although the salt is a good preservative too), and may add a bit more elasticity and make it smoother (or not!). That includes the salt dough that’s made in a pot on a stove or just in a bowl with hot water.
  • If it’s too sticky dust the covered countertop with a little flour and turn out the dough on top of the flour. Knead the playdough for about 10 minutes to make it smooth and soft. Add a little more flour if your dough still feels sticky after 10 minutes, and continue kneading until the dough no longer feels sticky.
  • Store in a zip-lock bag or airtight container IN THE FRIDGE. It shouldn’t dry out, but if you notice it getting a bit dry you can add a few drops of water and knead that into the dough. You can also add a drop or 2 of scented essential oil to make the playdough smell great!
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