It doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge, it contains no nasty ingredients (if your little ones are inclined to eat it occasionally, as mine all have) it lasts for ages, and it is so cheap to make. The children love being involved in the process of measuring and pouring, and feel a sense of pride in helping to make their own playdough.

You can make multiple colours, all the one colour, or leave it white. If your little ones are past eating the dough, you can also add glitter to the mix. It can be kept in an air tight container, or ziplock plastic bag.

You need;

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon of food colouring


  1. Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar in a saucepan. Using a non-stick saucepan makes clean up dead easy, but the salt may scratch the finish when you mix.
  2. Gradually add the cup of water, oil, and colouring. For a more intense colour, experiment with the amount of colouring, and don’t forget your colour wheel. (For example, blue + red colouring = purple, blue + yellow = green, yellow + red = orange, etc.)
  3. Cook over a medium heat until it all clumps together into a ball.
  4. Remove from heat, and knead. This is the best part. It is worth making your own playdough, just to feel that warm, smooth, freshly made dough. It’s a very tactile experience!