How to Make your own Play Dough


[Shared by Miss Martha and Me]

Ok so those that saw a recent post will know that the other day myself and Miss Moo made Play Doh.

I had been to a friends for a coffee morning play date and the girls ended up getting the play doh out. I happended to mention how lovely it smelt and she said that it was because she had made it and put in some almond essence….mmmmmm was good enough to eat!

I then asked if i could have the recipe, i had never thought to make our own play doh before. And she had said it was also great as Martha would be able to join in.

So the next day i popped to the shops as the only ingredient i hadnt got was the cream of tartar and that afternoon me and Moo set to it.
I just thought id share with you what we did.

May come in handy for you and your little ones to try.


  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 2 Tbsp oil (i used vegetable)
  • 2 Tbsp cream of tartar (i had no idea what this was, for a moment thought it was what you had with your fish and chips, but Sarah soon explained that it was found down the baking isle next to the baking soda and bi carb! Thank god she told me HA!)
  • And some food dye colours of preference!
Its so simple, firstly mix all the ingedients together in a bowl.
 Just like Miss Martha is doing here
 Next heat over a medium heat (obviously this is the bit you do) and keep stirring all the time.

It will start to clump together and get really lumpy, but keep stirring. It will become thicker and lumpier. Stir in your chosen food colouring and maybe add some vanilla or almond essence to give it that delicious smell.
Once most of the wetness has gone this is the time to put back on the worktop and knead really well!! The little ones will want to help at this point but be aware the dough feels quite hot to start with so maybe knead it abit yourself first.
 I gave Missy abit to play with whilst i kneaded the majority.
And then Voila!!!!
Your play doh is ready!

Martha absolutly loved doing this. She is now at that stage where she wants to help me with everything and this was a great way to spend our afternoon with each other.
I enjoyed it just as much as she did!!
Let me know i you have any other great ways to spend your days with your little ones.

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Discussion1 Comment

  1. This is a great post. I tried a different recipe once and it was a disaster. There was sticky gluey gack all over the place. So, I’m keen to give your recipe a go. Do you know what the cream of tartar does? Do you have to use it or is there something you can substitute for it? (I live in Spain and can’t find it anywhere.)