Recipe submitted by chchGIRL on August 25th, 2009

This is the plunket recipe for playdough. It lasts a long time if stored in an airtight container. Make sure you watch very young ones playing with this, as you don't want them to eat it due to the high salt content.

Prep time:   10 minutes

2 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream tartar
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons oil
couple drops of food colouring

Mix flour, with salt and cream tartar in a bowl.
Add boiling water and oil plus a couple drops of food colouring.
Mix quickly then knead on a floured board until firm. Add extra flour if sticky.
Store in an airtight container.

Average Rating:   (22 votes)

Tags:   playdough  kids  children  fun  recipe  

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    • Rebecca posted on January 4th, 2017
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Worked perfectly and was the first time I've made play dough!

    • Joy Buckle posted on January 2nd, 2016
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Made it to the recipe exactly and it worked perfectly!! Thanks!

    • J Dabb posted on October 22nd, 2015
      Overall Rating: 1.0 / 10

      The worst playdough EVER. Far too tacky. I followed the recipe exactly.

    • Sarah Cowan posted on July 27th, 2015
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      With 4 cups of flour and the rest to the book it was perfect! Starting with 2.5 cups to mix was good, thenkneaded off in quarters with 4 different colours and the extra flour worked well for us. Thanks!

    • Jane posted on July 26th, 2015
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Recipe worked great, I put wet ingredients in a pot first, then whisked in half of flour and stirred in the rest. Kneaded with a handful of flour on bench, added glitter and it is best playdough recipe I have tried so far.

    • tracey posted on June 20th, 2014
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      best homemade playdough i've come across, also keeping it in a icecream container preserves it for months!

    • Hester posted on January 23rd, 2014
      Overall Rating: 7.0 / 10

      Works perfectly with 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Needed no flour for the kneading. Did need quite a bit of food colouring to get a good colour. Happy playdoughers in my house.

    • Bruce posted on November 7th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 5.0 / 10

      Yes. agree with others...3 to 4 cups of flour required...but still pretty easy for a first time poppa mixing.

    • holidayLOVER posted on September 30th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Not sure what you did wrong Sarah, but I use this recipe all the time for my kids and the playdough comes out perfect...maybe you made a mistake in your measurements?

    • Sarah posted on September 28th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 3.0 / 10

      Way to much water to flour ratio .

    • Wendy posted on July 14th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      I have made play dough over the years for my daughters now making it for my grandchildren I have always cooked it so when I found this recipe I thought I would try it and it is amazing so easy.

    • Sue Glenn posted on March 16th, 2013
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      takes me back to Play Centre 30 plus years ago. A tip for grandparents just halve the
      recipe for when the littlies are staying over and protect your carpet. Can't remember the recipe ever failing. Easy, fast, fun!!

    • korin posted on November 22nd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 4.0 / 10

      needed alot more flour than stated

    • Morri posted on September 6th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      This recipe needs more flour. I know this is stated at the end, but it is good to have the perfect amount as it makes it quicker to make, and there is no messing around at the end with sticky fingers trying to get more flour from container. I reckon I ended up using about 3 1/2 cups of flour all up to get this recipe to work.

    • Leanna posted on August 28th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      This was a fantastic Recipe. As it was my first time ever making playdough it was nice and easy both my children loved it. They have a colour each. I will only be using this recipe. Thanks so much.

    • Bernadette posted on August 3rd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      great texture nice and smooth ,keep in mind it may leave the surface of what the kids are playing with it on oily ,but i was happy to have my table polished! :) mrs2 and mr4 loved squishing it around.didnt need to adjust any of the ingredients, it was easy to add the colour after mixing.perfect!! lasted alot longer then other recipes ive tried.

    • lisa posted on July 6th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Awesome! All four kids made 1 colour each :) my 2year old had a blast

    • Katherine posted on October 25th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Super simple. Super good result!

    • Kelly M posted on July 18th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Really simple to do, thanks heaps!

    • Alice Winmill posted on July 8th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10


    • Libby posted on June 8th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Worked great! My two year old pretty much made it on his own :-)

    • Jo posted on March 22nd, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      great recipe, thanks!!