The Only Playdough Recipe You Need

Home Made – Taste Proof – Long Lasting – Perfect For Toddler Playtime!

As the weather is getting colder, I am running out of ideas of how to keep young Jaxon entertained. We play with his toys and chase balls around the house. We watch Emma Wiggle until I get a headache. I’m thinking back to what we used to do as kids. Playdough was always good fun in our house. Especially when we got to make it at home and help mum colour the dough.

But this is one recipe that hasn’t been passed down unfortunately.

homemade playdough recipe

There are 1000’s of recipes on Pinterest but they all have the same sort of ingredients so I started rummaging through the kitchen cupboards while Jaxon ate his lunch next to me.

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I realise I have most but not all of what I need, so it’s shoes and jackets on, Jax in the stroller – off to the milkbar to get table salt and vegetable oil.

You may have these ingredients already in your pantry but after staring at my 1kg bag of Pink Himalayan Rock Salt and trying to figure out how long it would take me to grind up 2 cups, I decided to brave the trip down the road.

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Back home with ingredients in hand I did not realize just how easy this would be!

The ingredients are all taste-friendly, in other words, if your toddler eats some the most they will get is an upset tummy and a mouthful of salt!

Update: At 29 years old I finally had my first taste of play dough – I was never an adventurous child but watching Jax eat a little made me curious ok?! Take away: Don’t do it haha

The ingredients came together super quickly (just long enough for Jax to empty the Tupperware cupboard onto the kitchen floor).

I’ve decided that this recipe is for a double batch of dough as it produced dough equivalent to a loaf of bread (the irony!). I messaged a girlfriend who has a toddler near Jaxon’s age letting her know there was play dough coming her way ha!

Once I had my massive clump of dough I used a kitchen knife to portion it out and then set to colouring each one. I’ve formulated the perfect colour combos using the basic red, yellow, blue, green food colouring that you can get anywhere. Click below to download the colour chart which tells you exactly how to get the gorgeous colours!

I then halved each colour, put one of each into zip lock bags for my friend, and layout the rest in front of Jax in his highchair. He was uncertain at first but soon enough he was happily playing with and squishing the balls.

Play-dough Recipe

Veronika Veale
Home Made – Taste Proof – Long Lasting – Perfect For Toddler Playtime!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course playdough
Cuisine playdough


  • 4 cups Plain Flour
  • 2 cups Salt
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • Food Colouring


  • Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan
  • Place on stove on medium heat
  • Grab a whisk and start stirring!
  • Make sure to continuously scrape the bottom of the pot so the mixture doesn't burn or stick
  • The mixture should start to form a dough after a few minutes
  • Once you reach the consistency of playdough, place the dough on some parchment paper (or straight onto your kitchen bench), roll into a large ball
  • Knead the dough with your hands for 2 minutes (like bread!)
  • Using a kitchen knife slice the dough in half until you get 8 equal-sized portions (or as many as you like)
  • Use food colouring to colour the dough however you like
  • recommended that you wear gloves so the colour doesn't stain your hands
Keyword playdough

Final Thoughts

All around a great activity which we will be able to do again and again! I wrapped each ball in a little cling wrap and then put them all in a ziplock bag and into the fridge.

These should last for a few months so I am keen to find out how long exactly.

Update: It’s been 12 MONTHS and the dough is still soft when we bring it out of the fridge to play with!

What other homemade toddler activities do you think we should give a go? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to PIN this recipe for later!

Much Love, Veronika Xx


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