Home-made Playdoh

Alicia fell sick over the weekend so she had to miss school today. To cheer her up, I decided to try something different with her and we made playdoh! I was really quite apprehensive as even though I've been reading quite a bit about making playdoh, it was a different thing trying to put the act together.

Nevertheless, I'm very glad that the recipe I worked with worked well, with some impromptu alterations as I made the playdoh:

I've received some queries about the playdoh recipe I used on my Facebook page, so here it is!:


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • up to 2 cups boiling water 
  • food colouring (I worked with only red, blue and yellow)
  • glycerin (optional, for extra shine - I didn't use it this time)

  • Mix the ingredients together (except water and food colouring)
  • Pour in the boiling water. Don't pour 2 cups in immediately. Adjust as you go along.
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky dough.
  • Let it cool down a bit then knead it vigorously for a few minutes until the texture is that of playdoh. 
  • If it's still sticky, add a bit more flour and knead again. Adjust accordingly. (I personally had to add more flour using this recipe)
  • Separate the dough into as many balls (I made 8) as you wish to colour using the food colouring.
  • Add the food colouring to individual balls then knead in the colour till the dough is of a solid colour.
  • Play!!!!

Invitation to play: playdoh and coloured craft sticks

Welcome to Alicia's little ice-cream shop!

Even lil Alex (9mths) had a go at it! Well, he tried to have a bite of it too! But I guess it tasted very bad as he didn't try to eat it again. :P

Note: I didn't scent or add glitter etc. to the dough this time as it's my first attempt at making playdough and I wanted Alex to play with it too. I'm too paranoid that he'd eat the glitter etc. but I may try to add these the next time round! 


  1. I love how vibrant the colours look! Am planning to make some this week actually, thanks for sharing and reminding me to get going! :) And I just realized that our kids are about the same age, mine are 9 months, and 3.5 years!

  2. The colours are gorgeous! And the ice creams! How cute!! I tried once but only made a blue snowman haha.

    I used a different recipe (no boiling, no cream of tartare), and it all rotted in a couple of weeks in an air tight container. Be warned, it might happen to yours too!!

  3. Clever! and its safe for baby! :)

  4. Thanks MamaJ! Yes, their ages are really close! :)

  5. Adora, mine is also a no-cook dough... but I've placed them in an air-tight container in the fridge recently as I read that that helps to increase shelf life... hope they dun rot on me.. :)

  6. Thanks Adeline! Yes, now with little baby around, I try to baby-proof the toys too! haha...


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