Play Dough Recipe


After some experimenting I have found the recipe below to be the best. It is the easiest and quickest way to make homemade play doh.

Once you have the basic recipe you can add other things such as smells and colours.

Play Dough Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of boiling water (dependent on other ingredients)

You mix all the dry ingredients together then add the boiling water and stir into flour mix. Once cooled a little roll into ball and knead. Add a little more water or flour as required. Older kids can make this themselves (you will need to help with the boiling water), younger children can help you to make the recipe before they play with the dough. Then of course there is the clearing up, an activity in itself. Here are some more homemade play dough recipes:


Use the recipe above to make this yummy smelling dough

  • To the dry ingredients add strawberries
  • I used two for this recipe but you can add more if you like, probably no more than 3 though.
  • We squashed the strawberries with a fork until broken up well.
  • These were added to the dry mixture
  • Add enough boiling water to make the dough pliable
  • We keep ours in the fridge


This play dough was made with the same no cook recipe as above.

This time we added some mixed dried herbs and mixed this in well to the dry ingredients.

We had some fresh mint growing in the garden so I took a few leaves of this and chopped them into small pieces. These were then added to the dough after the boiling water was added.

This dough is speckled throughout with green and smelt primarily of mint.


This play dough smells of coffee and is brown

Use the recipe above, add a couple of teaspoons on instant coffee granules to dry ingredients.

Add boiling water, mix until dough is soft and pliable and does not stick to your hands. Once we know how to make play dough there is no going back, you can add all sorts of colorings, smells and shiny bits to make play dough exciting. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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