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Play Dough

A recipe to make your own play dough at home.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Food colouring (several colours)


  • Mix all the ingredients (except the colouring) in a pan.
  • Cook over a medium heat, stirring all the time until the mixture comes together as a dough (Adults only! not suitable for kids)
  • Allow to cool a little and knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable.
  • Divide the dough into two or more pieces, use food colouring to colour each piece.
  • Store the dough wrapped in cling film in an airtight container or plastic bag in the fridge.

Dough modeling tips

  • Play dough pictures
    • make pictures out of play dough
    • use lots of different dough colours
    • Build your picture on an old ice cream tub lid (any plastic lid, preferably with a white background will do) The lid supports and frames your picture.
  • To make squiggly play dough hair
    • squeeze the dough through a kitchen garlic press.




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