The only play dough recipe you'll ever need

As a Mum, I'm always trying to think of new ways to keep Duncan entertained - especially ways that mean he can play somewhat unsupervised

Play dough is definitely an essential, but if you're like me you can't stand the smell (and cost!) of the shop bought stuff - this is the EASIEST recipe, no cooking required, the texture is perfect and it super cheap! This is my Mums' recipe we used to play with as kids, which she also uses at school as a pre-primary teacher so I can guarantee you it is seriously tried and tested!


No-cook Play Dough

2 Cups Plain Flour
1 Cup Table Salt
2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartare
2 Tablespoons Oil (Vegetable oil, olive oil or whatever is handy!)
2 Cups Boiling Water

Combine all the dry ingredients in a big bowl. When I'm making multiple colours, I'll just split the ingredients 4 ways in 4 different bowls, or you can make one big batch if you can't be bothered!

Make sure your water is just boiled and straight from the kettle - this is basically going to "cook" your play dough for you, so it's important the water is boiling! If you want to colour your playdough, now is the time to do it. Measure out your water, then stir the food colouring in with the water, BEFORE you add it to the dry ingredients.

Add the water and oil to the dry ingredients & mix well with a spoon. It will seem super wet and sticky at this point, but keep stirring! Once it is cool enough, start kneading it with your hands until it begins to form into a dough. If you knead it for a while and it still seems too sticky, add a little more flour and knead some more until it comes together nicely. 

AND THAT IS IT! It usually takes us about 5 minutes (slightly longer with a toddler "helper") but it lasts for months in the fridge, and provides hours of entertainment. 

Make sure you let me know in the comments or over on Instagram if you decide to make it and how it turned out! 

KidsSarah Baughen