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Play dough recipe

Play dough is a great activity for children and parents of all ages.

2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon food colouring

Mix all dry ingredients, add oil and boiling water with food colouring, mix well.

Store in an airtight container.

To add interest you can add glitter for a textural change, some aromatherapy scented oil for smell.

With some shaped cutters, rolling pin and some imagination your set for hours of fun.

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23 Responses to “Play dough recipe”

  1. Coral Says:

    Dear heretunga kindi
    I loved your playdough ricipie and i would like to share it woth my friends from hastings to.

    Sincerly Coral, 13, hastings ]

  2. Frances Prowse Says:

    We love this recipe too. I added a tsp glitter for a bit of razzle dazzle!

  3. Imogen Says:

    they love it and its easy :)

  4. Denise mcilroy Says:

    Thanks for this great recipe – the recipe isn't so big that the result is difficult to cope with! 

  5. Yvonne Morrison Says:

    I can't believe how great this recipe is.  Have for years used a "cooked" recipe and it never lasted always drying out.  Made my last batch back in January.  Am making new as the old batch has too much glitter and texture – nice to start again.

  6. Lisa-Marie Says:

    Thank you for my cool playdough I made today. I put gold glitter into it with orange colouring.
    Miles age 5

  7. Tonia Says:

    Love it, love it, love it :-)

  8. Duncan Says:

    Great play dough. Kids love it. Even a male can make it.

  9. Auntie Tracy Says:

    Have just made some of this for my nephew to play with tonight!  Had to use extra flour tho, as mixture was very sticky.  Hopefully it won't turn into a brick because of this!

  10. Hallie Says:

    Kudos to you! I hadn’t tuhgoth of that!

  11. alyssa & amanda Says:

    easy to make
    started very sticky when it was hot but less now as it is cooling,sounds like lots of people like it too,thank you

  12. Campbell Says:

    just made some for my daughter. she’s loving it :)

  13. Kiwi Language Coordinator in the United Emirates Says:

    Takes a practical down to earth bunch of Kiwis for a good recipe on play dough . My task is to help Arabic Kindy teachers to assist Kindy Kids to explore maths. They are used to servants getting down and getting dirty. So guess what nothing like a bit of glittery play dough up your fingernails and in your ears. Smile Mike

  14. paula Says:

    Awesome recipe! i made plain playdouh without food colouring but added bits of create paper. the colours slowly turnd the playdough differnt. kids loved it

  15. jo Says:

    cool my kids love the playdough

  16. Trudy Says:

    Is that the correct amount of water? 2 cups?

  17. Trudy Says:

    Is that the correct water amount? Mine is always to wet?

  18. sandy jordan Says:

    many thanks for recipe kids so excited to help make and play with appreciate your help

  19. kerry butler Says:

    put one third of a cup of cocoa powder and mix to make chocolate playdough its smells yummy

  20. john Says:

    mine also turned out pretty runny when it was hot, much better with a little extra flour and put in the fridge to cool quickly.

  21. Monique Says:

    The first time I made the recipe it was too much for just my son, so I halved the recipe the next time, and also put in just 3/4 of the water, and it turned out perfect! The first time it was too sticky so that is why I used less water. Also I would recommend mentioning that it needs to be stored in the fridge. I did not know that and merely left it in an airtight container, but it went mouldy after about 2 weeks. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. cindy hasan Says:

    fantastic recipe

  23. umchum Says:

    Thankyou for the recipe (: Awesome :D

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