Easy Playdough Recipe

Playdough is one of the most requested activities in our setting so we make it a lot.We have tried a few different recipes of playdough but found this one to be the easiest so I thought I’ll share it with everyone.

Three reasons I love homemade playdough: is made of edible ingredients so no danger if any of the children decide to have a taste(which you know they will no matter how many times you tell them not to). It’s easy to make because it’s a no cook recipe and you can get the children involved in the process which means you’re offering them more learning opportunities.



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cup of boiled water
  • food colouring

How to make it

First, put the dry ingredients and the oil in a bowl. Next, you have to add the water and the food colouring. I find it easier to put the food colouring in the water so it spreads evenly. Start mixing everything together with a spoon, then use your hands to knead the dough. Add flour if it’s sticky. Be careful, it will be very warm to hot because of the boiled water.

And that is it!


I make one batch per colour and the playdough lasts a few months if properly stored in a zip lock bag. After a while, it starts to smell funny so a few drops of essential oils should solve the problem.

Let the fun begin.

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