How Easy it Is to Make Play Dough

There are heaps and heaps of different recipe for play dough. For different types you can check out this post: 6 Play Dough Recipes. If you have never made play dough before, it’s so-so easy and something you can whip up with minimal effort. Below is a very non-glamourous video how I make play dough.

How to make uncoloured play dough


  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Food colouring (optional)


1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan.

2. Stir continuously over medium heat until the mixture balls together. Approximately 4 minutes. 

3. Transfer play dough to a floured surface and knead lightly.

Coloured Play Dough

If you want to make coloured play dough, while the dough is still warm, simply divide the dough into even portions and add a few drops of food colouring and kneed. Repeat until desired colour is achieved.

How to make coloured play dough

Storing Play Dough

Store play dough in an air tight container or in a zip lock bag 

Play Dough Play Ideas

Of course there’s the usual way to play with dough, just shape away or cut with cookie cutters. However there are many different ways yon can mix it up. Below is a list of fun way to use play dough.

1. Make Play Dough Kits

This is my favourite way to use play dough. The kids absolutely love it! You can create a kit with items around the house and place in a craft container, or even just set up different items in bowls on a table. Find more ideas here.

Play Dough Kit - Farm

2. Nature Landscapes

Collect nature items like sticks, leaves and flowers from the backyard and kids can create structures with their play dough.

nature craft - playdough nature landscapes

3. Squishy Balls

These are addictive! And so easy to make. By stuffing a balloon with play dough, you create a squishy ball. Tutorial here

Simple fun for kids - Squishy Balloon Faces

4. Play Dough Clothes

Use play dough to create fashion pieces for dolls.

Use play dough to make dresses for dolls

5. Gift Kits

Instead of sweet treats, you can create mini kits to give as a party favour to guests. More tips here.

Play Dough Kit - fun for birthday party favour

6. Scented Play Dough

Add a few drops of essential oil to your play dough mixture for beautifully scented dough.

Scented play dough

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