Make your own play dough

Play dough is easy to make and hours of fun for kids of all ages! It's the perfect sensory play activity they can do indoors and outside.
Play dough is easy to make and hours of fun for kids of all ages!

It's the perfect sensory play activity they can do indoors and outside. 

Find out how to make play dough at home for kids of all ages.

Play dough recipe


Play dough ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar or baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon food colouring


How to make play dough

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.

2. Add the oil, boiling water and food colouring and mix really well.

3. The mixture may seem quite wet to start with, but will soon begin to dry out.

4. Store the play dough in an airtight container when your kids have finished playing with it.


Play dough play ideas

  • To start with all you need are cookie cutters and a rolling pin to help make the shapes. Try using other objects around the house for lots of variety.
  • Add glitter for a sparkly, textured effect.
  • Create nice smells by using scented oils or old perfumes.
  • If you add small pieces of coloured paper to plain play dough, the paper will soon absorb the moisture and start to turn the play dough different colours.
  • Add a 1/3 cup of cocoa instead of the food colouring and make lovely chocolate play dough. Perfect for making pretend cookies!

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