9 Best Homemade Playdough Recipes

Playing with playdough is one of the best sensory activities to do with your kids, it will provide hours of sensory play as well as helping to fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and encourage creativity.  Making your own playdough is super simple and little hands will love to help too. We've compiled a list of 8 of the best playdough recipes to get you started, from edible playdough to dandelion playdough there's plenty here to keep you busy.

1. Edible Playdough Recipe

This is a great recipe for younger children who like to explore by putting things in their mouths. It's completely safe if they have a taste- or two!

You'll need:

50g Icing Sugar

200g Marshmallows

Food Colouring Paste (you can use liquid food colouring but will need some extra icing sugar to hand to stop it from getting too sticky)

How to make your edible play dough:

  1. Place the marshmallows in a microwaveable bowl and melt in the microwave for 40 seconds in total, in 10-second bursts- stirring in between
  2. Add the sugar to the bowl a spoonful at a time
  3. Lightly dust a work surface with icing sugar and add the dough
  4. Add more of the icing sugar into the centre of the dough and fold it in
  5. Continue to fold and knead, adding more icing sugar if needed until you have a good consistency dough
  6. Add the food colouring paste and knead until its all combined and you've got your desired colour
  7. Your edible playdough is ready!

Thanks to  Rainy Day Mum for this recipe!

2. Playdough - With Cream of Tartar

This is a great playdough recipe, with cream of tartar to help add elasticity it will sure to be a big hit with the kids!

You'll need:

200g Plain Flour

150g Salt

200ml Water

1tbsp Cream of Tartar

1tbsp Oil

A pinch of Food Colouring Paste

Optional: 50ml Hand Cream or Moisturiser (helps to protect your hands as the salt in the dough can leave your hands quite dry)

How to make your playdough:

  1. Add the flour, salt, water, cream of tartar, oil and food colouring to a pan
  2. Over a low heat stir with a wooden spoon until its combined
  3. Transfer to a work surface- If you're adding hand cream, knead this is now
  4. Your playdough is ready!
  5. When you're finished, store your playdough in an airtight container in the fridge.

3. Playdough-Without Cream Of Tartar

Child making playdough

If don’t have cream of tartar in your store cupboards, this is a great, easy to make playdough recipe to try.

You'll need:

4 Cups of Flour

1 1/2 Cups of Salt

2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 Cup of Water

A Few Drops of Food Colouring

How to make your playdough:

  1. In a large bowl add the flour, salt and oil and mix until its all combined
  2. Next, add the water and food colouring and mix with a spoon
  3. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface
  4. Knead the dough until you're happy with the consistency
  5. Your playdough is ready to play!
  6. When you're finished, store your playdough in an airtight container in the fridge.

4. Make Playdough - Salt Free

This is a great playdough recipe if you want to avoid using salt which can dry out little hands.

You'll need:

2 Cups of Plain Flour

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

A Few Drops of Food Colouring


How to make your playdough:

  1. In a large bowl add the flour and oil until its combined
  2. In a separate bowl add food colouring to a little water
  3. Add the food colouring to the dough
  4. Add a teaspoon of water at a time and mix until you have the right consistency
  5. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough
  6. Your playdough is ready to play!
  7. When you're finished, store your playdough in an airtight container in the fridge.

5. Dandelion Playdough

Dandelions for playdough

Spring has sprung which means you'll find dandelions popping up everywhere.  Use these to naturally dye your playdough with this super simple spring themed playdough recipe.

You'll need:

Big Handful of Dandelions

1/4 Cup of Boiled Water

1 Cup Salt

2 Cups Flour

Splash of Vegetable Oil

How to make your dandelion play dough:

  1. Collect your dandelions
  2. Add the dandelions and water to a blender and whizz until completely blended
  3. In a large bowl add the blended dandelions to the vegetable oil and salt and mix well
  4. Add the flour and mix until combined
  5. Transfer to a work surface and continue to knead until your happy with the consistency
  6. Your dandelion playdough is ready!

6. Salt Dough

It doesn’t get much easier than this salt dough recipe.  All you need is flour and salt and you’ll have the perfect playdough.

You’ll need:

1 Cup of Flour

1/2 Cup of Salt



  1. In a large bowl add the salt and flour and mix together
  2. Add water a little at a time until it forms a dough
  3. Lightly dust your work surface with a little flour and start kneading your dough
  4. Roll out your dough using a rolling pin
  5. Let it air dry
  6. Now you're ready to play!
  7. When you're finished, store your salt dough in an airtight container

7. Bubble Bath Playdough

Bath time will be even more fun with this bubble bath playdough.  

You'll need:

1/4 Cup of Bubble Bath

1/2 - 3/4 Cup of Cornflour

1 tsp Coconut Oil

A Couple of Drops of Food Colouring

How to make bubble bath playdough:

  1. In a large bowl add the bubble bath and food colouring
  2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds then add it to the bubble bath
  3. Add the cornflour- start with 1/2 cup, mix it in well - if your playdough doesn't all come together then add another 1/4 cup of cornflour.
  4. Your bubble bath playdough is ready! It will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

Thanks to Steam Powered Family for this recipe!

8. Sand Textured Playdough

Try out new textures with this sand textured playdough.  

You'll need:

1/2 Cup of Sand

1/2 Cup of Cornflour

1/2 Cup of Boiling Water

How to make your Sand Textured Playdough:

  1. In a large bowl add all of the ingredients together and mix them well
  2. Knead until you're happy with the consistency- if it's too wet try adding a little more cornflour.

9. Galaxy Playdough

This galactic playdough is out of this world!

You'll need:

2 cups plain flour

2 cups water

Black and blue food colouring

1 tbsp. cooking oil

1 tbsp. cream of tartar

1 cup salt

Glitter, sequins, gems and anything sparkly

How to make your galaxy playdough:

  1. Slowly heat up water, oil and food colouring in a saucepan over a low heat (you want your playdough to be the colour of a night sky so add food colouring until it reaches your desired colour)
  2. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cream of tartar and salt
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to your liquid and keep stirring until the mixture thickens into a dough
  4. Keep heating until it develops a slight sheen and then remove from heat to let cool
  5. When it's cool enough to handle, knead until it feels like the right consistency
  6. Sprinkle your glitter, sequins etc. onto the table or work surface and your child can work these pieces into the playdough as they play - this will turn it into a mesmerising galaxy!

Written By

Sarah Nyamekye

An outdoor pursuits person at heart, raised in the East Midlands countryside, Sarah now lives in Surrey with her two daughters aged 3 and 9. She loves to travel and spend her days outdoors finding new and exciting places to explore with her girls. If she’s not outdoors then you’ll likely find her at home baking, crafting, gardening as well as exercising to keep fit.

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