Simple Playdough Recipe

My Mum taught me how to make a simple playdough recipe. I have her recipe – and the memories of rainy play days. Playdough would often be made on rainy days. Keeping a bunch of kids inside for an extended period of time? Playdough is a great entertainer!

All you need are some very simple ingredients – likely already in your cupboard! – a few minutes, and you are done!

A simple playdough recipe, using ingredients you will likely already have in your cupboard and taking just minutes to make!

My little one has grown more and more interested in playdough, and this simple playdough recipe has been tried and tested in our house.

As I only have one bub, this simple playdough recipe is also perfect for just one amount. Feel free to double or triple or quadruple the mixture.


A note too on the colouring. I try and use natural colours as much as possible. Your pantry and fridge hold loads of options: think cinnamon for brown, tumeric for yellow, beetroot juice for red, carrot juice for orange. I also used a dash of liquid chlorophyll once – and the playdough was a gorgeous vivid green.

You can also buy natural food colourings. Like these ones here. I prefer these over the normal colours you can buy in the supermarket – just a healthier option in my opinion.

Pinterest also has a bunch of ideas to try – check it out here.

Get your thinking caps on, and inspire your kids – in the very least, keep them entertained for a few minutes while you get on with making dinner.

Simple Playdough Recipe
  • 1 cup flour can be plain or self-raising
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Natural Colouring
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt.

  2. In a separate bowl, add the hot water and oil, and your natural colouring. Mix these to combine.

  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix until a rough dough forms.

  4. At this point, you might need to add a splash more water or a touch more flour - you want the playdough smooth but not sticky or dry. 

  5. Once the liquid has been mixed in, use your hands to knead the mix into a ball. I find the more I do this, the smoother the playdough gets. 

  6. Once done - hand over to your kids - along with some cookie cutters, a rolling pin and anything else you can find. Enjoy the few minutes of peace this brings - or alternatively, join right in!

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