home made play dough recipe
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I hate seeing Zosia eat play dough, and she does it everytime she gets a chance. I then see this horrible colouring dripping from her mouth

Not long ago I received a recipe for a home made play dough from one of the mums (thank you Hazel!) involved in organizing “mucky pups”-messy play group for toddlers (Aberdour church, 9.45 on Mondays).

Play dough they have there is different, it’ nicer and I recently found out it was home made! Here is the recipe, let me know how it went if you get a chance to make it yourself.


Play Dough Recipe


  • 200g plain flour

  • 100g salt

  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

  • 1 tablespoon oil (e.g. vegetable oil)

  • 300ml water

  • A few teaspoons of food colouring (optional)-I might be trying betroot juice for red


  1. Put the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil into a large, microwavable bowl.

  1. Add the food colouring to the water.

  1. Gradually add the liquid to the ingredients in the bowl and mix well, trying to get rid of as many lumps as possible.

  1. Put the bowl, uncovered, in the microwave and cook on full-power for 1 minute.

  1. Use oven gloves to remove the bowl from the microwave and stir well.

  1. Continue to cook the dough on full-power for 3-5 minutes, stirring every minute.

  1. The dough is cooked when it’s very stiff and comes away from the side of the bowl.

  1. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and place on a heat-proof surface. Cover with cling film to prevent a crust from forming and allow to cool until it can be safely handled.

  1. Knead the dough thoroughly until it becomes smooth and pliable and holds its shape well.

  1. Store the play dough in a sealed food bag inside an air-tight container.

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