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Making your own play-dough

Making your own play-dough Posted on 6 May, 2017

Ever surprised at how short-lived and expensive play-doh tubs are? At around £2 per pot, it barely survives over a handful of plays, especially when the colours are mixed. If you leave it open accidentally, the doh dries up so quickly and before you know it, your little one will be pestering you to get newer, fresher colours, which often come in a kit with all the unnecessary plastic bits.

At a recent visit to the nursery, I saw Audrey playing with a blob of gooey mass in the conservatory. On enquiry, Christine the nursery teacher informed me it was homemade play-dough. I had never imagined making play-dough at home. There are plenty of recipes online and here’s one we (dad) just tried and tested, which works very well. The ingredients are easy to get pantry items. The best thing is the product hasn’t got the strong scent from commercial play-doh and the colour chart is endless!

Homemade play-dough


1 cup of plain flour

1/4 cup salt

1 tbsp cream of tartar

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 cup water (adjust till right consistency)

All sorts of colouring


Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil together on a clean surface. Add water until it is the correct consistency. Heat gently over pan. Add colouring to your liking. For future use, keep in airtight container.

Mixing dry ingredients
Mixing in the colouring
It’s a lot of fun!
Amazing colourful balls – these are great for mixing too