Published On: Sat, Oct 18th, 2014

Making Playdough

An ageless clasMaking Playdough1sic, but instead of using my Great Auntie June’s recipe, I used a more modern version thanks to Michelle, an Early Childhood Teacher in the North Ryde area. She provided Mummy Weekly with both a cooked and non-cooked version.  The difference being that the ingredients mix together a little better with heat. However the uncooked batch is also great.


Microwave Playdough
2 cups plain flour
1 tbsp oil
2 cups water
1 cup salt
1 tsp Cream of Tartar
Food colouring of your choice

1. Place all ingredients into microwave safe container.
2. Beat all ingredients together
3. Cook in microwave on medium-high for 2 minutes
4. Stir mixture
5. Cook further for 1 minute and stir
6. Repeat (1 more minute and stir)
7. Mixture should now be in dough form
8. Tip onto lightly floured bench and knead (carefully, it will be hot)

Playdough cake

Uncooked Playdough
2 cups plain flour
2 tbsp oil
2 cups boiling water
1 cup salt
4 tbsp Cream of Tartar
Food colouring of your choice
1. Mix the water and salt
2. Add the rest of the ingredients when you have dissolved the salt as much as possible
3. Turn onto lightly floured bench and knead

  • If you want several colours then wait until dough is ready and divide into equal parts of however many colours you want.  Knead separately using different colours.
  • Using cooked recipe, dough can be stored in the same container it is cooked in.
  • All dough keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
  • Cookie cutters make great tools for them to mould the dough with, kid safe scissors, plastic plates and bowls can be fun too
  • Add glitter for that extra sparkle.

Recipes thanks to M. Hensby
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