I’m amazed how many parents at playgroup ask me how to make playdough. It’s so easy that you need never buy the Hasbro stuff again.
This is an uncooked playdough recipe, but does use freshly boiled water so probably best not to involve the kids in making it – at least with the boiling water bit! While there are plenty of recipes out there that are more child-helper friendly, this is the one that’s worked best for us in terms of the finished result.
You’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your store cupboard, though the hefty amount of salt required may exceed your usual cooking requirements in this sodium reduced age.
This stuff keeps kids amused for HOURS at a time, so get in the kitchen and whip some up quick!
How to Make Playdough (recipe)
- 280g flour
- 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
- 175g salt
- 2 tbsp (25g) cream of tartar
- 350-400 ml boiling water (added gradually)
- food colouring (40ml bottle)
- few drops of glycerine
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Add the glycerine (optional, but recommended)
- Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone (This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!)
- If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
This is my take on how to make playdough. What’s yours? Please comment below.