Have Fun with Playdough

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Making your own playdough is great fun.

You can make:

Animals: insects, reptiles, dinosaurs and fish.

Plants and Landscapes: trees, rocks, flowers. You could create a complete landscape using an old piece of hardboard as a base.

Planets: the moon or cut out stars and dry them out to use in a collage or as a mobile. (make the holes first before it dries)

People: faces, expressions, crazy hair, aliens

A little more information for parents and carers on ways to enjoy paydough.


  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Food colouring of your choice


  • Place all the ingredients into a saucepan and mix thoroughly – ensuring that all the lumps are removed.
  • Stir CONTINUOUSLY over a gentle heat.
  • When dough starts to come away from the side of the pan, take it off the heat.
  • When it is cool enough, take it out of the pan and knead for approximately 3 minutes (you may need a little extra flour to cease the sticking)
  • (When it is cool enough, it will begin to feel more like playdough.)
  • Why not ‘go crazy’ at this stage and knead in some glitter as well?!!!

It’s a good idea to store your play dough in the fridge to keep it fresh.