Playdough recipe

Did you know you can make playdough in next to no time from everyday ingredients found in your kitchen cupboards? Save money and involve the kids in this thrifty kitchen craft activity.

This super-easy playdough recipe is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon inside. It's quick enough to hold a young child's attention and you only need a few storecupboard ingredients. Little hands can play with the results straightaway, so there's immediate gratification for all involved! 

Makes 1 coloured ball
Prep 10 minutes

You will need

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml warm water
  • food colouring
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil 


1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday. 

Watch our step-by-step video to see how simple this recipe is:

For inspiration, visit our friends at 5 Minute Fun and discover 5 easy models to make from playdough.

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Daniel Bacon's picture
Daniel Bacon
8th Jul, 2018
This no cook recipe is good if you have little helpers who are a little too young to help with cooked playdo recipes. Starts out a bit sticky and bally but improves texture and moldability with use.
Happy Retirement
19th Jul, 2019
How long does it last?
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Jul, 2019
Thanks for your question. If wrapped snuggly in cling film and refrigerated, this should keep for 1 - 2 weeks.
eva cameron's picture
eva cameron
31st Dec, 2018
What would happen if you use walnut oil instead of vegetable oil?
goodfoodteam's picture
31st Dec, 2018
This would seem like an expensive alternative but should work. Beware of nut allergies!
eva cameron's picture
eva cameron
2nd Jan, 2019
Could it be used as a fondant alternative?
goodfoodteam's picture
2nd Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. No, we would not recommend using this as an icing or eating it. Raw flour and salt don't taste good at all.
eva cameron's picture
eva cameron
2nd Jan, 2019
Not even with flavouring?
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