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How to Make Play Dough

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How to make play dough, it only takes 1 minute! Everyone loves play dough- even I have to have a squeeze when we get it out! But you don’t need to buy the ready made brands, here is the recipe I use to make dough for a last minute playdate at home.

how to make play dough

1 Minute Playdough recipe:
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon of cream of tartar (Cream of Tartar is a natural powdered raising agent for use in scones and other baking recipes)
1 tablespoon of oil
I cup of boiling water (from the kettle) mixed with some food colouring

What to do:

Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then mix vigourously with the hot water.

Et voila! Makes playdough which lasts for ages in little plastic sandwich bags!

You can leave the dough uncoloured if you wish but kids love the different colours to mould, so if you end up with food colouring all over your hands (like I did!) here is how to get it off!

  • First try washing with soap and water and using a handcloth to give it a scrub
  • If that doesn’t work, try soaking a cloth in white vinegar and rubbing over your fingers
  • If the stains still aren’t budging, mix one part water with two parts Bicarbonate of Soda. I mixed 1 Tbsp water with 2 Tbsp Bicarbonate of Soda to form a watery paste. Then I poured this over my hands and rubbed vigorously with a hand cloth. This is what worked for me.
  • However if your stains are still there, alternate the white vinegar rub with the Bicarb of Soda paste rub rinsing your cloth well between each method, until the stains are gone.
  • If it takes you several attempts, this is normal. Food colourings can be hard to get off! Alternatively you could wear rubber gloves in the first place when you are mixing but I didn’t think ahead for this at the time. There was play dough to make!

    Enjoy your low cost way to entertain the children on a rainy day!

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    • What a lovely easy recipe for play dough, my Little Man loves the stuff. Good tips for getting food colouring off too, I make celebration cakes which means lots of food colouring for the icing and I’ve often got multi coloured fingers.

      Anne 14th October 2015 11:04 am Reply
    • I always wanted to know how to do this and now I know, so my day is made x

      Rachel 14th October 2015 11:23 am Reply
      • haha glad to hear it!

        Nadine Hill 14th October 2015 8:43 pm Reply
    • This has always been my go to recipe too. Once the dough is cooled the food colouring does not transfer

      Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 14th October 2015 12:05 pm Reply
    • Such a great easy recipe. I never think about making play dough but it’s something I need to remember for those rainy days! Thanks I’ll make sure I bookmark this page.

      Amy Squires - In My Bubble 14th October 2015 1:58 pm Reply
      • Glad to be of help!

        Nadine Hill 14th October 2015 8:39 pm Reply
    • Wow so easy!! Why have I never made this before?

      Liz Burton 14th October 2015 3:54 pm Reply
      • I know – super easy eh?

        Nadine Hill 14th October 2015 8:38 pm Reply
    • A great simple recipe there, we’ve made it before but I think it was more involved than this and didn’t last well

      Abi - Angel Eden Blog 19th October 2015 9:09 pm Reply
    • I have yet to make play dough and I have no idea why, it really does seem so straightforward plus my youngest would love to have a go at making it with me so I really must do it one rainy day soon!!

      Globalmouse 20th October 2015 8:52 pm Reply
      • Good luck with it!

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:55 pm Reply
    • The big question is, does it smell the same, lol? I do love the smell of the real thing!

      Lucy Dorrington 22nd October 2015 11:41 pm Reply
      • hehe not quite, but by sight you can’t tell the difference!

        Nadine Hill 23rd October 2015 2:47 pm Reply
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