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How To Make Playdough

How To Make Playdough

Stuck for ideas on things to do this half term? This easy playdough recipe will entertain your kiddos with some super fun sensory play!

How to Make Playdough at Home

Playdough rainbow

Making playdough is a perfect rainy day activity. It’s budget-friendly, too. All you need is flour, salt, water and vegetable oil - and a couple of drops of food colouring if you want to make it pop in bright shades. Here, we’ve shared how to make homemade playdough in five simple steps.

Easy Playdough Recipe

Child making playdough

Before you get started with this no cook playdough recipe, change your littlen into their cute spotty Chef's Set to avoid grandma’s beautifully handmade jumper getting decorated in splodges of food colouring!


8 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp salt

60ml warm water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Food colouring


Step 1

Stir the flour and salt into a large bowl.

Step 2

In a separate bowl, mix together the water, vegetable oil and food colouring (a few drops is all you’ll need).

Step 3

Pour the water into the flour mix and stir to create a dough.

Step 4

Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface and knead the dough for a couple of minutes until smooth.

Step 5

To prevent it from drying out, store your playdough in an airtight container in the fridge.

And that’s it! Once the playdough is ready, your tiny tot can use these handy Modelling Tools to design their own creative masterpiece.

Modelling Tools for Playdough

There are loads of things to make with playdough, be it a pizza complete with all the toppings, or a zoo home to lots of modelled animals. Playdough activities are a fantastic way to encourage imaginative play and expose kids to new textures, while honing their fine motor skills. And making the playdough will be especially rewarding for them as they’ll gain a sense of achievement from creating something from scratch.

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