9 Fabulous Home Made Play Dough Ideas


I love play dough. However I don’t like the smell of official shop bought Play-Doh; I never have, even as a kid. This meant that I never really played with traditional Play-Doh although my mum did make salt dough every now and again.

These days there are hundreds of resources available on Pinterest and the internet in general detailing how to make play dough and the benefits of playing.

My kids love playing with home made play dough and we regularly have a batch ready to play with. They get to play and learn at the same time without really realising it.

Tried and Tested Recipe

There are so many different recipes available and we have tried loads over the years from cooking to non-cooking but our favourite is this one. This is based on one I found a few years ago which I have tweaked slightly.


2 cups flour
3/4 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Food colouring


  • Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tarter in a large saucepan. The add the water and oil.
  • Cook over low/medium heat, stirring constantly. If you’re only making one colour, once it begins to thicken, add the food colouring.
  • Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball.
  • Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper.
  • Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth.
  • If you’re making several colours after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colours you want) and then add the dough into food bags.
  • Add a small amount of food colouring and knead the dough while inside the bag to avoid staining your hands. Repeat until you have the colour you want.
  • Store the play dough inside ziplock bags or airtight container to keep soft. If stored correctly it should keep for around 3 months.

More Ideas to Try

We are always looking for new play dough activities and love making it seasonal with glitter, colours and fragrances so I asked some of my fellow bloggers for their favourite play dough recipes and play ideas.

I have been meaning to try out a no bake play dough recipe so the kids can get involved in the making and Deborah at Country Heart and Home has one that fits the bill perfectly.

I love the smell of lavender, not to mention it’s calming properties, so this recipe from Kate at Crafts on Sea could well be a firm favourite in our house.

Autumn is just around the corner so we will definitely be trying out some fantastic Autumn play dough recipes. Beth at Bamm Boo and Nikki at Play Learn Every Day have some great ideas to try.

Leandra at Lara Bee UK has a fantastic invitation for play which is perfect for Bonfire Night.

Anya is obsessed with Frozen at the minute so we will have to try out the Frozen themed play dough from Clare’s Little Tots although Corey would probably prefer the Winter sensory play dough from Rachel at Mamma Hub

Finally we have this Gingerbread play dough recipe from Jenny at The Gingerbread House. I love the smell of gingerbread so I might have to make this one just for me.

Do you prefer home made play dough? Which play dough recipe would you love to try? I’d love to hear from you.

Debbie x


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