Free Play Dough Recipe

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Play dough modelling tools

Why spend money on play dough when you can make it yourself?!

Play dough recipe 1- Using a cooking method

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 3 cups of water with added colouring of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 6 teaspoons of cream of tartar


  • Put all ingredients into a saucepan and stir while cooking over a medium heat until the desired consistency is obtained.

This keeps well in an air tight container. Do not put in the fridge.


Play dough recipe 2- a non-cook method

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water with added colouring of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon of hand lotion


  • Mix the flour and salt together
  • add hand lotion, oil and water. Mix well and knead until dough is smooth

This is a pliable pleasant smelling dough which keeps well.


Packs of modelling tools are great and keep young children entertained for hours. We have a play dough table set up most weeks at our group.



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