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Playdough Recipes

May 6, 2014

No Cook Playdough


2 cups of plain flour
1/2 cup of salt,
2 two teaspoons of cream of tartar
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
2 cups of boiled water
food colouring.

Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, then make a hollow in the centre and add the oil. Next add the food colouring to boiling water, then pour into the hollow. Mix until it ‘comes together’, then turn out on to table and knead well.

Store in an airtight container



Basic Salt Dough for modelling

Please note – this salt dough is NOT edible.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 -1/2 cups warm water
  • Rolling pins
  • Straws
  • Cookie cutters/plastic toy shapes
  • Fork/lemon zester


  1. Combine the salt and flour in a large mixing bowl
  2. Gradually add the water, kneading until the dough becomes elastic
  3. Add more flour if dough is sticky – if it’s too dry, add more water, a few Tbsp at a time
  4. For coloured dough, you can put a few drops of food colouring, or a few drops of watercolour paint to the water before adding the water to the dry ingredients.
  5. Once you’ve got your dough at a consistency you can work with, bring on the rolling pins, cups, bowls, straws, cookie cutters, plastic utensils, and let the fun begin!
  6. Roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick, and use cookie cutters, cups, or plastic toy shapes to cut out your ornaments.
  7. Add interesting texture by scoring your ornaments lightly with a fork or lemon zester. Pressing a grater gently into the dough.
  8. You can use straws or pencils to wrap strips of dough around and make curls, spirals, and puffed shapes.
  9. Add narrow strips of dough to the basic shapes for decorative trim. You can further decorate the trim strips by lightly poking shallow hole with the point of a pencil or toothpick.
  10. To make your own dough buttons, roll small pieces of dough into round shapes and flatten them. Add tiny indentations to simulate button holes.
  11. Once you have completed decorating your ornaments, set them aside to dry – at least overnight – or bake at 200 F until dry.
  12. When you paint an embossed design, try a dark colour, or gold paint, in the indentations, and a lighter on the raised parts




Sensory smelly dough

    Provide perfumed playdough.
    To make your own, you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour,
  • 1 cup of salt and
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil,
  • 1 cup of warm water and a
  • scented ingredient such as cinnamon, ground cloves, flavoured tea, jelly crystals or peppermint food flavouring)

    Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.
    Stir the two mixtures together until the dough forms a ball.
    Finally, knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is pliable.
    As an alternative, add food colouring or textured materials such as glitter.





Cooked Play dough

    Mix 400g bicarbonate of soda, 100g cornflour, 250ml water and 1tbsp vegetable oil.

    Heat the mixture gently until it becomes the consistency of mashed potatoes.

    Leave under a damp cloth.

    Once the mixture is cool, divide into separate trays, add a few drops of food colouring and mix thoroughly into the dough







Water Food



Put cornflour in a bowl (1 or 2 cups) then add water (small amounts bit by bit) and mix with 2 large spoons.
Add food colouring after you’ve added some of the water.




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