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.

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  • Play dough is always a winner with kids. You can also add coloured gillter to sparkle things up a bit.


  • I’m willing to try. Just looks a bit too basic to be any good though. I’m happy to be proved wrong. I’ll give it a go, simple ingredients I always have on hand


  • Thank you. I’m going to make some for school this weekend.


  • That looks so easy to make and I already have those ingredients


  • I always thought you had to cook it just in case any of the kids decide to eat it then it’s not as toxic???


  • Playdough is such a classic – who hasn’t played with this?


  • My child has anxiety and is all about textures! She would love to make this.


  • Looks so easy to make! Definitely trying this once my baby is a little bigger


  • The best thing about this playdough is the kids can help make it :)


  • Does anyone find the dye comes off onto kids hands?


  • 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?

    • It’s never been a problem for me. Sometimes we change it up and use natural items to colour the dough – boiled beetroot water, tumeric powder, cocoa etc.


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


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