Play Dough Recipes

No-Cook Playdough


    • 250g plain flour
    • 50g salt
    • 140ml water
    • 1 - 2 tablespoons of cooking oil

    • Few drops of food colouring (optional)


    1. Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and oil.

    2. Knead well until mixture is smooth about 10 mins. You might need to add a bit more flour or water until the consistency is smooth but not sticky.

    3. Add food colouring and knead until the colour is fully blended.

    4. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until chilled enough to use

Microwave Playdough


    • 1 cup of plain flour
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • half a cup of salt

    • food colouring (optional)


Place all the ingredients in a plastic container and cook for one and a half minutes in a microwave. Stir the mixture and microwave again for one minute.

Gluten Free Playdough


    • 1 cup rice flour
    • 1 cup corn flour
    • 1 cup salt
    • 4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 2 cups hot water
    • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

    • Food colouring


Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat until all is combined well and a dough consistency is reached.

Let it cool completely before giving it to your child to play with.

Storing Playdough

Store the dough in an airtight container such as a plastic bag or box, and keep it in the fridge. Like this the dough should keep for up to 2 weeks.

Children really enjoy play cooking, so provide rolling pins, plastic cutters and plates, items from the kitchen can be just as much fun as expensive cutter sets and tools.

Playdough is easier for young children to handle than plasticine or clay and these homemade playdough recipes provide fabulous cheap alternatives to the shop-bought varieties.

When a new baby arrives in a family older siblings can often feel left out, why not make a batch of playdough as a gift for the new big brother or big sister, or even offer to make it with them! As a sibling gift it is perfect alongside Babyblooms pyjama cupcakes and better still when both are accompanied by real edible ones!

These recipes are the tried and tested favourites of the Babyblooms team, but we would love to hear of any variations that you have used.