The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe

Jul 10, 2023

I remember my mum making this recipe for me when I was a little girl.

In fact it was a recipe submitted to the Otepopo School Cookbook fundraiser. Mums name proudly sitting under the recipe as a contributor.

It’s quite nostalgic making it for my girls. Another generation on.

What will I need?

Vegetable Oil
Food Colouring (optional)
Plain flour
Cream of tartar

You may also like to place a few drops of essential oil into your mixture.

How do I store the play dough once the children have finished playing with it?

Store in an airtight container or a zip lock bag.

It will last for up to three months if stored correctly.

What ideas of play do you suggest?

Before you get too carried away with all the ideas on the internet for play dough. Allow the children to feel the warmth and texture of a freshly prepared batch of play dough.
Let them squish it through their fingers and enjoy the sensation. They will want to bang it, squish it, roll it, squeeze it and lick it (which is quite safe for them to do – there is nothing harmful in this recipe).

Some places to look for creative ideas.

33 ideas with play dough for kids (click here for this link)
Fireworks celebrations (click here for this link)
Learn sight words (click here for this link)

The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe

No need to buy small amounts of store bought play dough ever again.


  • 1 Pot
  • 1 dough whisk or wooden spoon


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 drops food colouring
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar


  • Place the water, oil and food colouring on the stove top and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Take off the heat and add the salt, flour and cream of tartar and combine using your dough whisk or wooden spoon.
  • Once combined, add back to the heat and stir until a ball forms.
  • Take off the heat and knead on a clean surface. Be careful – it will be hot.
  • Wait until the play dough is cold before sharing with children.