How To: Make Play Dough!

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Buying playdough can be very expensive, but with this recipe you will see that a few minutes to make your own play dough is worth the savings if your little one loves playing with playdough regularly.

When working in long day care, we used to make playdough at least once a week, sometimes twice, depending on how interested the children were. It very quickly ends up dirty and dried out due to being used heavily by many little hands. This meant I needed a recipe that was easy to make, quick to put together and didn’t require cooking so that the little people in my care could help make it with me.

Play dough is a great way to let your child play and have fun without even knowing they are developing their fine motor skills, their imagination and strengthening their vocabulary by using new words like ‘stretching’, ‘rolling’ or ‘squeeze’. Playing is the most important way that young children learn.

I haven’t yet made play dough with my son and now we are safely out of the ‘most likely to eat playdough’ stage I thought we would give it a go!

So to prepare it’s best to get all ingredients ready to go, as well as your measuring cups and bowl. Also think about what your little one would like to play with when using the play dough. You don’t need to go out and buy expensive items you probably have many suitable things in your kitchen and around your house.

Some good ideas for items are: paddle pop sticks, tooth picks, patty cases, blunt childrens knives, muffin tins, straws, glitter shaker, rolling pin, toilet rolls, cookie cutters, blunt children scissors, plastic plates and bowls, small plastic toys like dinosaurs or cars, leaves and sticks, match sticks, duplo or other small toys to make impressions, egg cups or even small empty recycled plastic containers.

So here is the recipe:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • food colouring, enough to reach your desired colour


Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix it all together, turn out and knead. If too wet, add some more flour until the consistency is right or if too dry, add more water.

Print me here: Playdough Recipe

Once you and your little one has perfected the play dough, all that is left to do is play!

You can see here Roland is enjoying putting candles in the birthday cake. He is actually acting out what happened the other night when we celebrated our friend Sara’s birthday.

We would love to see some photos of you and your little one making and playing with your play dough, so head on over to our DP Kids Facebook page and show us how you went!

You can also pop over to YouTube and watch as I make play dough and talk more about what play dough helps little ones develop and cheap tools your child can use whilst playing. Make sure to subscribe for future videos.


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