If you’ve ever played with playdough before then you know how lovely and squishy it is but my goodness it can be expensive. Well now there is no need to buy it because you can make it yourself.

This cooked version is our preference because the dough comes together much quicker in the pan without the need for kneading it.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • A range of different food colouring gels or liquids
  • Saucepan

Makes 4 fist sized coloured balls

How To Make:

  1. Put all the ingredients (apart from the food colouring) in the saucepan and cook over a medium heat. Stirring constantly.
  2. You will see quite quickly the dough start to come together in the pan. Keep stirring to get rid of lumps and as soon as the dough starts to come away from the sides of the pan to form a ball take off the heat.
  3. Once cool enough to touch (it is easier to add the food colouring when it is still warm), split the dough into 4 equal balls. Make a well in the centre of each dough and add a few drops of food colouring to each one. Ideally wearing gloves, work the colouring through the dough until happy that you have an even colour.
  4. Then have fun with your dough!

Please note, although most of these ingredients are natural we cannot guarantee the colourings will not stain clothes so always best to wear an apron or old clothes.

Don’t worry if you don’t have measuring cups, simply work to a ratio of equal parts water to flour and then half the amount of salt.

If stored in an airtight container this dough can last for months.