Home made play dough recipe

Kids love play dough. I can still remember watching while my Mum cooked up play dough, impatiently waited for it to cool, then spent hours making and creating all sorts of fun things. Naturally I want to repeat this with my girls, so I dug out the play dough recipe, sat little missy on the bench, and got cooking.

This recipe is made from ingredients in your pantry. It’s totally non-toxic, and cheaper than the commercial variety.
Home made play dough

2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cooking salt
2tbs cream of tartar
1/2 tbs vegetable oil (I used rice bran oil)
2 cups water
1tsp natural food colouring


  1. Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Slowly blend in oil, water and food colouring
  2. Stir continuously over a low heat, until the mixture thickens and forms a ball.
  3. Allow to cool, then wrap in cling wrap to stop it drying out.

My darling girl had a wonderful time playing with her new play dough, and to be honest so did I! It gave us another opportunity to bond and learn together: she learnt a new texture, some new hand skills and how to use cookie cutters. I learnt how to let go, have fun and allow myself to live in the amazing moments life with a toddler brings.


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