• Angie Wise

Homemade Playdough

No knead to buy it, make it yourself. It's certainly not a new idea, but it never gets old.

With a new lockdown upon us and wet weather preventing little chance of outside activity, it's all about indoor fun and trying to reduce screen time.

With a few pantry staples and a nine-year old's enthusiasm for cooking and colour, this worked out to be quite a fun exercise. One kg of plain flour and a small box of salt managed to yield us a mountain of silky, brightly coloured dough.

The sheer pleasure of kneading the soft, warm dough straight out of the pot was a welcome surprise on a chilly morning.

It was super easy and, without a doubt, the best playdough we've had the pleasure to sculpt with.


1 cup plain flour

1 cup water

2 tsp cream of tartar

1/3 cup salt

1 Tsp vegetable oil

Food colouring


  1. Mix together all ingredients in a saucepan, including a drop or two of food colouring

  2. Cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture has thickened and comes together

  3. Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool

The quantities above make one big handful of dough. We made 6 batches in each colour. Keeps for practically ever in an airtight container or zip-lock bag. If it starts to dry out, simply add a little vegetable oil to your hands and knead through to soften.

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