How to make your own playdough

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This quick and simple recipe for playdough takes just 10 minutes and uses ingredients you’re likely to have already.

What you’ll need: 

8 tbsp flour
60ml warm water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
food colouring

What to do:

Mix 8 tbsp flour with 2 tbsp table salt in a large bowl. Then put 60ml warm water in a jug with 1 tbsp vegetable oil and a few drops of food colouring. Pour the mixture from the jug into the bowl and let your child stir it. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and help your child squish and roll it until smooth. You can add extra food colouring at this stage.

Store in a sandwich bag in the fridge and that’s it!

You can also watch a video on BBC Good Food.

Playdough tips:

  • Is your dough drying out? Add water and massage it into the dough a bit at a time to bring it back to life.
  • To make new colours: massage two pieces of dough into each other (blue and yellow to make green for example). Keep folding and squishing and the colours will blend.

Now your child can make these fun playdough creations…

1 Baa-rilliant sheep: a simple way to make a lamb!

  1. Ask your child to roll lots of balls from Play clay (we used white, but they can use any colour). Then bring them together to make one big ball.
  2. Now get them to use a contrasting colour to mould a head and legs. For the head, they can rolla ball, then pinch the sides to make ears. For the legs, just roll four more balls.

2 Bear buddy: this bear is made with balls of dough.

  1. Your child breaks off pieces of dough and rolls them into balls. They need a big one for the body, 4 smalls ones for the arms and legs, a medium-sized one for the head, and two more small ones for the ears.
  2. Now they piece them together to make their bear.
  3. Finally, they add a dough face.

3 Berry nice: a sweet and speedy idea.

  1. Your child rolls lots of mini balls from pink or red dough, then adds them together to make the raspberry.
  2. Then they twist two small pieces of green dough to make the leaves.


4 Cool cake: a realistic treat that’s (almost) good enough to eat!

  1. Help your child to shape one colour of Play clay to make the sponge.
  2. Roll out another colour and lay it over to make icing.
  3. Now they can decorate it with flowers, spots or whatever they like.
  4. Time for a tea party for teddy with his slice of cake!

5 Play clay picture: this idea is perfect for little kids!

Give your child a picture to add play dough details to. For example, a dragon they can add wings to, a person they can put a hat on, or a bunny they can make a carrot for. You could draw the picture or tear one from a magazine.