There are loads and loads of different playdough recipes out there with many different techniques. Having tried it once I have never understood why anyone would make playdough in a pan on the hob! Even the microwave method seems too much like hard work, so here is the method we use here at Little Squigglers.

You may have seen the video of our super simple playdough recipe already but here is the no cook recipe itself.

Basic Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Plain Flour
  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cooking Oil
  • 2 Cups of Boiling Water
  • Food Colouring of your choice

Basic Method:

Add the flour, salt, cream of tartar and cooking oil to a mixing bowl.

Measure out 2 cups of boiling water and add your food dye to the boiling water. The more food dye you add the stronger the colour will be. I find the colour is stronger added to the water at this stage rather than added to the dry ingredients.

Add the coloured boiling water to the bowl of ingredients and mix it in well. I like a nice silicone spatula for this job- get right into the base of the bowl and mix all those ingredients together- it will soon start to form a dough.

If your dough is too wet add a little sprinkle of flour and if it’s too dry add a splash more water. Once it is well mixed leave to cool just for a few minutes until you can get your hands in and give it a jolly good knead!

How to jazz it up a bit:

You can add loads of things to your playdough to jazz it up a bit here’s just a few of our favs:

  • Make it sparkle by adding some glitter
  • For a delicious chocolate scent add some Cocoa Powder – no food colouring necessary with this!
  • Other scents you could use include Peppermint Essence, Strawberry Essence or Vanilla Extract
  • For a more textured playdough try adding a SMALL amount of porridge oats, dry coffee grounds or sand

The above items would all be added to the bowl of dry ingredients BEFORE adding the bowling water.

You can always grab your ingredients, load up YouTube and make your dough alongside our instruction video!