Playdough (or Play Doh) can get a bit pricey when you need to buy a lot or often and also at the current time, a bit impossible to find at the shops. Not to worry, just make your own at home. It’s SO easy and you’ve probably got everything you need at home!

Play Doh using Cream of Tartar (this one works better I think so if you can find some cream of tartar choose this one)

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs oil
  • A few drops of food colouring (if you want it)
  • A few drops of essential oils to make it smell nice (if you want it)

Mix it all together using a mixing bowl or your thermie and voila! You’re done! This dough will store in an airtight container in the fridge for several months.

Play Doh without Cream of Tartar

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • A few drops of food colouring (if you want it)
  • A few drops of essential oils to make it smell nice (if you want it)

Here are some ideas of how to get creative with your playdough!

  • Go for a nature walk and collect sticks, leaves, flowers and stones to add to your playdough creations!
  • Add gems and beads so children can make pretty patterns in their dough (children 3+)
  • Raid the kitchen drawers for playdough tools for rolling, cutting and moulding.
  • Googly eyes and pipe-cleaners for playdough monsters!
  • Sea shells and sand for “beach playdough”
  • Make playdough pretend pizzas!
  • Make lots of little batches of colour for rainbow playdough – children would love mixing together.
  • Paint your playdough! When your playdough is looking a bit sad, roll it out and paint on it! Beautiful!