June 30, 2021


Kids love playdough and you don’t need to buy it, you can easily make your own at home today.

What you’ll need:

  • Food colouring
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 4 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups of table salt


1. Pour 1 cup of warm water into a bowl (or separate into more bowls if you want to make more than one colour)

2. Add a few drops of food colouring to the water

3. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in total

4. Combine 4 cups of flour and 1/2 cups of salt in a bowl.

5. Add to coloured water and mix.

6. Knead until soft.

It’s now ready to use.

Store the playdough in an air tight container and will last a long time. Personally I find homemade playdough lasts a lot longer, is easier for the kids to use and it’s certainly more cost effective.

View the YouTube video for full instructions:

Try it out and let me know how you go. Please add a comment below.

 Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com

  • 1/4 turned out nice, the other 3/4 were a bit dry and crumbly, any suggestions?

    • Try kneading a small amount more oil through the dough mixture. When I make homemade play dough I store it in the fridge and when i notice it drying out I add a 1/2tsp oil and knead it until it’s supple again. You can add more if needed.


  • My boys are well past this stage now but I’ll certainly be sharing it with my Mum friends. Thanks for sharing this idea


  • So easy!


  • So easy! Yay! My kids would love this. But does the food colouring stain their hands?


  • We’re a bit past this stage now, but I do recall that home made playdough goes off and smells after a while.


  • I had no idea it was so easy to make your own play dough. Fantastic.


  • Easy as ! For different colours you can also add the food colouring as last step after dividing the dough in pieces….Kn eading the dough till the food colouring is equally mixed is fun on it self. You’ll see first a marble effect and then it becomes equal soon enough.


  • I love making play dough for me twonager haha I just struggle with how long to keep it for and if it’s bad for them to play with it after a few days


  • I love the no cook play dough recipes, and this method is such a fun one to have the kids help out with!


  • Love the beautiful colours you can do when you make your own


  • Wish I knew this when my children were young – it would have saved heaps of money. Thanks so much for sharing – I’ll pass it on to my neighbour with her small children.


  • It is a great idea especially for school holidays


  • This is so much simpler than the original way to make playdough. Will have to do this with my son


  • I love the vibrant colours


  • Definitely saving this recipes


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