Today we had so much fun making playdough, because its school holiday time and there is no kindy to break up the week we were in need of an activity, this is so fast and simple, Jack helped measure all the ingredients into the saucepan then once I'd cooked it he dripped and kneaded the colour into the four balls of dough, all in all it kept the kids busy and quiet for almost two hours! Little Billy played happily with the dough and since it has nothing nasty in it it didn't matter that he ate a bit !

...the dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 cups cold water
food coloring

In a medium saucepan, mix together the flour, salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar, and water. Cook uncovered over medium heat for about five minutes stirring constantly until the dough is the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes.

Tip it onto a board and give it a bit of a knead, divide the dough into four equal balls with an indent in the middle, drip 6 to 8 drops of food coloring into each piece and knead the color into the dough this is the part Jack loves, watching them change colour before his eyes, once the balls are all coloured then play !

If you store the playdough in a plastic bag or airtight container, it will stay nice and soft and last for ages.


  1. love it...they look like little macaroons in that top picture!!!

  2. thanks, just made it now, kids are loving it.
    I always tell myself I shouldn't make them playdough as it always ends up everywhere..but hey, it's raining & we are indoors. what's a bit of playdough under the couch ;)


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