Super Easy Play Dough Recipe


Hello everybody! So it’s two more sleeps till the Core turns one, and I today I bought all the ingredients for his birthday cake, and the snacks for his cousins picnic on Thursday. I also bought the new legs for his activity table and the little buckets that I am going to attach to the sides as storage thingies for chalk and dusters and other craft thingies! So, talking about crafts… today i did a little crafting myself, over and above my usual DIYing that I do… I made Play dough for Corey’s birthday! Yay! So I have been making play dough since the dawn of time, we could never afford the real stuff when i was a kid, and if I’m honest, I think my DIY recipe is better… But if I’m also honest, I’ve never actually played with the original stuff, or touched it for that matter, so I guess I’m just biased… This recipe is SUPER EASY! it requires hardly any kneading and I made three batches in half an hour with a grumpy Toddler interrupting me every 5 minutes, I think we did good! This will be the first time Corey gets to play with play dough and he is still at that ‘put everything in my mouth’ stage… so this dough is edible! Yay! So if he happens to take a bite (I’m sure he will spit it out, it’s soooo salty) he’ll be fine… phew!

fullsizeoutput_22a8Ok so here is the recipe…


  • 190ml boiling water
  • 1 cup flour + 3 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1 tbs cooking oil
  • 1 tbs cream of tartar
  • Few drops of your favourite essential oil
  • Food colouring


  • Add the dry ingredients (except the extra tablespoons of flour) to a large bowl and give it a lil stir
  • In a jug add freshly boiled water, essential oil (we used ylang ylang mmm ), oil and food colouring.
  • then mix the wet and dry ingredients together and stir and stir and stir
  • A ball of dough will start to form and as it cools it’ll get less sticky, but you might need to add in an extra tablespoon or two to the dough so it’s less sticky and more doughy.
  • once it’s cooled completely, it’s ready for play time! yay!!! Just remember that when play time is over, to store it in an air tight container.

fullsizeoutput_22afThe recipe makes one 400g +/- ball which is a decent size, and this dough is sooo soft and easy to mould especially for little hands like Core’s… I made three batches one in each primary colour. And I had these little egg things from my wedding (I was going to make play dough then, but the venue said no play dough in the kids packs) but these are perfect, a few other options could be old glass jars, cleaned out coffee tins with the plastic lid, ok, thats all i can think of for now, but please rather recycle something instead of buying something. If you try out this recipe, please let me know how it works out!

Have a great day!


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