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23rd Jun 2019

Try this homemade playdough the next time your kids complain that they’re bored

All it takes is five minutes.

When it comes to keeping toddlers happy (and busy) while you get stuff done, few things will ever beat good aul’ playdough.

And sure, you can always buy playdough at your local toystore (or supermarket even), but making it is actually strangely relaxing and satisfying. Oh, and cheaper too, obviously.

Pinterest is chock-a-block with recipes on how to make you own playdough, but having tested a lot of them over the years, I keep coming back to this one – mostly because I always seem to have all the ingredients on hand and because it is so totally fool-proof and safe too.

Fancy making your own playdough too? Here is how:


2 Cups Plain Flour
1 Cup Salt
2 Tbsp Cream Of Tartar
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cups Boiling Water
Food Colouring


1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large metal bowl. Mix.

2. Create a well in the middle of your dry mixture. Add olive oil followed by the boiling water.

3. Quickly stir dry and wet ingredients.

4. Leave until cool enough for you to touch and knead.

5. You have two options: You can do one colour for one batch (that is a lot of one single colour) or you can separate the batch into a few balls and make different coloured smaller balls. If you wish to make one large batch maybe add the food colouring with the wet ingredients. If you wish to make a selection of colours out of one single batch then after creating your individual balls, make a well in the middle of each ball and add your desired colours.

The amount of food colouring depends on wether you want a light coloured playdough or a vibrant coloured selection. This is completely up to you. Once you have added your food colouring knead until the dough and food colouring are mixed well and have an even colour.

(Recipe via one of our favourite blogs,