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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  • It sure looks the part in the pictures. I’ll have to try it out before I recommend it though


  • yeah this is incredibly easy to make. It certainly saves money


  • This is awesome. I will have to make some


  • Thank you! IT seems like it will work really well!


  • This is great! Thanks so much for sharing! :)


  • Heaps easy to make and cheaper. My kids love playdough.


  • i love your bright colours.


  • I had a bit of a fail making this today! I read it wrong and left out half the salt… it took a long time to knead and it didn’t turn out great. Not elastic enough.

    Anyone tried it and had success?


  • Great! This is quite costly to buy.


  • Am going to get some food colouring tomorrow and going to try this, I think my kids will love that mum makes it, they feel more special then when I buy things like this.


  • I have bookmarked this! I’ll have to try it when my lo is old enough


  • That sounds great, thank you so much, will give this a go!


  • I’ll be definitely making my own playdough for my LO to save a fortune on the store bough ones! Thanks.


  • If any of your family or friends who are likely to play with it, if they have Coelic Disease or wheat intolerance use gluten free flour instead. Some children have a habit of putting their fingers in their mouth. That’s all it takes to make some extremely ill, so much so that they can become dehydrated and need hospital treatment.


  • Used to do this all the time when my kids were younger. Very easy and saves a small fortune too.


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