A picture of a child's hands playing with brightly coloured playdough

Playdough is a fun and versatile material that children of all ages can enjoy. Not only does it offer boundless possibilities for creative play, but making playdough can also be a delightful activity for parents and children to engage in together. Here’s a simple recipe you can use to make playdough at home:


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
  2. Add the vegetable oil and stir to combine.
  3. Slowly pour in the boiling water, stirring constantly. The mixture will start to come together and form a dough.
  4. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring to the dough and knead until the color is evenly distributed.
  5. Let the play dough cool for a few minutes before handling.

Top Tips:

  • Store your playdough in an airtight container or plastic bag to keep it fresh for future use.
  • Experiment with different colors and scents by adding essential oils or extracts to the dough.
  • To make textured play dough, try adding materials like sand, glitter, or rice to the mixture.
  • Use cookie cutters, rolling pins, and other kitchen tools to create different shapes and designs.

Not only is homemade playdough a cost-effective alternative to store-bought playdough, but it can also be customised for a fun sensory experience for your little ones!