Making Colourful and Fun Playdough

I have always wanted to make playdough for the kids but I have seen the results of some really dodgy homemade versions, which tend to leave a layer of salt on your hands after fiddling with it.  This has put me off trying to make my own for a while until along came the fabulous and wonderful Pinterest which is just full of playdough recipes promising to all be natural and fabulous.  So I got the kids settled in the kitchen and decided to give it a try with some amazing results and the kids had an absolute blast helping out.

Playdough Cooling

This playdough has now lasted in a tupper for about 3 months. The kids take it out every now and again to play with and I am amazed at how its keeping its texture. The nice thing about the recipe I followed is that it makes A LOT!! Which would be really expensive to buy and I find that my Kids enjoy playing with a big ball of Playdough with the little tubs you buy at the shops just never seem to be enough.

Another nice thing about this recipe is that its obviously safe if some gets eaten…. as my 2 yr old seems to do with with everything she can get her hands on.

I had a look at a couple of recipes and they are all pretty much the same so I decided to go with this one:


1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable / canola oil
food coloring

Playdough - Ingredients

Step 1
Add all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized pot on low heat.

Step 2
Add the Vegetable/Canola Oil and Water and stir continuously. The mixture will get lumpy before it goes smooth. It will turn gooey. For me this took about 5 minutes. Make sure your stove isn’t too hot as this will change the texture of the Playdough. I made 2 batches a green one and a red one and the green one’s texture wasn’t that “rubbery” due to it getting too much heat.

Playdough - stirring
Playdough - Cooking

Step 3
Add the food colouring. Add a little bit at a time to get the right colour.
Playdough - Colouring

Step 4
Keep stirring until the Playdough starts to form a ball around the spoon. Mine took about 2 minutes. Take the playdough out of the pot and place on some wax paper to cool off…. and TaaaDaaa you have just made some awesome Playdough for the kiddies to enjoy.

Playdough - Colouring
Playdough - Colouring