Make your own play-dough

I have vivid memories of my sister and I when we were little, playing with play-dough on our little plastic table and chair set, outside on the covered deck. A rainbow of colours and that unmistakable smell of salt and flour. This provided endless hours of entertainment for us, and now that I’m a mum, realised she did this for herself too…. At least 30 minutes to yourself anyone?

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It’s well and truly winter here and now we have a very active 15-month-old. Gone are the weekends spent curled up on the couch watching movies on a Saturday afternoon! Now we have to think of things to do with this little tyke so that we all don’t go completely mental. And that’s where play-dough comes in.

Super easy to whip up, lots of cool colours can be created and it’ll last about 4 – 6 weeks in an air-tight container. AND, it washes out of clothes if you get it mashed in there. We had it smeared all over a pair of black pants and I chucked them in the wash and you couldn’t tell the difference!

I hope you guys try this and it gives you all a bit of light relief during these winter weekends… And that it brings back some wicked child-hood memories too!


  • 1 cup standard flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tsps cream of tartar
  • 1 ½ tbsp oil
  • Food colouring


  • Mix all ingredients in a large pot, making sure there are no lumps in the flour (it will stir to a smooth paste and then as it starts to cook, it’ll start to go lumpy again)
  • Cook on a medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes for dough to form, stirring constantly, scraping sides and bottom to ensure it doesn’t stick or burn
  • Store in an airtight container for 4 – 6 weeks.

Note: I used a small plastic whisk to make the play dough and it worked really well!

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