3 Easy Playdough Recipes for Kids

When you were a kid, you might have had the chance to play with playdough or modelling clay all the time. Your parents may have made it for you, or they may have bought it at the shops—you may have even had a bite of it to eat, much to their dismay! Nowadays, kids are often so preoccupied with technology that they miss out on simple things like playing with playdough, so why not bring it back? In this article, I’m including three of my favourite recipes to make playdough, and one of them doesn’t even need any cooking time. They’re all very easy to make, so I do hope you give them a try.


Basic Playdough

1 C water

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

½ C salt

1 Tbsp cream of tartar

Food colouring of your choice

1 C flour


  1. In a saucepan, mix the first 5 ingredients together over low heat until mixed and warmed thoroughly
  2. Take the mix off the heat and add the flour gradually
  3. Stir until combined, and then knead the dough until it comes together
  4. Put playdough in a Ziploc or Tupperware container, and store for 6 months


Salty Playdough

1 C salt

1 C water

½ C flour plus extra for kneading


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan, except the extra flour. Cook contents over medium heat until dough becomes thick.
  2. Let mixture cool for several minutes until it can be handled
  3. Knead the dough until it comes together to form playdough, and store in a Ziploc or Tupperware container.

No-Cook Dough

1 C cold water

1 C salt

Food colouring

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

3 C flour

2 Tbsp cornstarch


  1. Mix the first four ingredients together in a bowl, and gradually add the four and starch to the mix until dough comes together
  2. Store in a Ziploc or Tupperware container



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Hi, I'm Dale. Some of the things I like to do are box, lift weights, and spend time with my beautiful wife Crystal. I also enjoy watching shows on Netflix or playing video games with my son when I can find some free time.

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