Make your own playdough

Half Term might be over but with the weather not exactly summer like yet and the big school summer holidays in sight, you might be looking for a few indoor activities to do with the children.

We have been making playdough this week. It is good fun and an alternative to baking with the children – why don’t you have a go?

You will need:

  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cornflour
  • food colouring (optional)
  • glitter or food glitter (optional)
  • essential oils (optional)

These plastic cups from Ikea are great for little ones to measure everything out in, and if they hit the floor it really doesn’t matter.


What to do:

  • Gather together all your ingredients.
  • Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and then slowly add water. Mix until it forms a nice dough.



  • It should now be nice and easy to pick up and mould – add more flour if it is too sticky and more water if it is too dry. Some children don’t like it sticking to their fingers and others love it, so play it by ear.
  • Knead it well with your hands – you can add a drop of food colouring and/or glitter at this stage. Knead further to blend in.



  • Then the fun begins – children can roll, mould, cut the playdough into all sorts of things.
  • If you choose to add any essential oils then it can become a multi-sensory experience.



  • You can store your playdough in an airtight container when you have finished playing and keep it for another day.


Have fun!

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  1. Ohh this looks great!I really want to do crafty things with my son but he still tries to eat everything, this will be great because if he does happen to sneak some in his mouth atleast I know there’s nothing toxic in it! #TwinklyTuesday xx

  2. We used make our own playdough all the time! My 9-year-olds now prefer clay. 🙁 They still use the same molds and other tools, though!
    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday!

  3. The Mother says – A great playdough recipe which is really easy to follow and read. We host a weekly linky over at kidglloves called Mini Creations. We’d love to see you link up 🙂

  4. This looks so easy! I saw some playdough the other day & it was a big pack for about £10. I definitely think this is a much cheaper & more fun way of getting some playdough. I’m definitely going to be trying this out! 😀


  5. Ooh, great fun! I love making playdough! So many great recipes to try, I like the cooked ones as they tend to last longer. 🙂 xx

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