Play dough

Here is a recipe for making playdough you can add food colouring to change the colour or herbs and spices to give it a smell. If you put it in a sealed container or the fridge it will keep for longer.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil, Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • food colouring


  • In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and mix well.

Dry Ingredients Playdough

    • Mix food colouring ring with your water first. Then add the vegetable oil and water with food colouring to a large pot. Mix together.
    • Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.
      Mix Dry Ingredients with Wet for Playdough
    • Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.
    • Once it starts to form a ball together and looks fully cooked, take off the heat. Let the dough cool first before touching.
    • Once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make the dough soft.

    What can you make with your play dough? Tell us in the comments below.

The Nursery Team

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