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Play dough recipes.

Play dough can be made cooked or uncooked. Uncooked doesn't keep as long but means you and your child can do it together and making play dough becomes an activity within it's own right.

Home made play dough does not contain any additives and can be adapted by adding your own special touches such as peppermint essence or hot chocolate powder to add scent.

A good tip for colouring your play dough is a few spoons of powder paint or a squirt of ready mixed paint (beware blue, gold and silver do not keep for more than 1 day)

Cooked Play dough


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.

Uncooked Play dough


  • cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • enough cold water to mix to a dough
  • Drop vegetable oil
  • Food colouring or paint for colour as required


  1. Flour, salt, oil and colouring in a bowl
  2. Add water a little at a time until a dough is formed
  3. Kneed lightly
  4. Have fun




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Last modified: Tuesday, 23. May 2017