Make Playdough: Simple and Good Fun!

Playdough brings back wonderful joyous memories of my childhood. It’s delightfully squishy, comes in all the colors you can ever imagine and you can make just about anything from it!  Wooow. It’s any child’s dream come true! Just watch their beautiful little eyes light up with fun-filled excitement when you mention the word…

Once my eldest daughter became old enough to enjoy creative activities, I quickly learned that playdough always sparked the giggly elation just as it had done for me decades ago when I was a child.  She is almost four years old now and it is still just as entertaining whether she plays with it at home, at a friend’s house or even at the many activity-filled birthday parties she attends.  Now as a mother of three children who needs to engage and occupy her children almost 12 hours each day- this ingenious creation of playdough is God sent!

I received this recipe from one of Ria’s nursery teachers as an end of year gift, thank you Mrs. Marie.  It has been referenced so frequently that the paper is completely covered in a rainbow of food coloring and worn out almost to bits.

I choose to make playdough at home for many reasons. Firstly, because I can make without any unnecessary chemicals or toxins that are found in some of the store bought brands. Secondly, it is more affordable to always have readily available at home than to go out and purchase from the toy stores and thirdly because my children enjoy making it with me! It’s fast, easy and within 10 minutes you’ll be done and ready for your kids to have a fantastic playdough party :)

Make sure you watch my YouTube video for more details!


  • 2 cups of Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1-1.5 cups of Hot Water
  • Food Coloring (any color)
  • Optional: few drops of Glycerin for shine


Mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and vegetable oil.  Then add in the hot water, start with 1 cup first and add more if you find the mix is too dry. Keep kneading for 5 minutes until the dough takes shape and holds its form. Then you can cut the dough into three parts so that you can mix in a different color for each part.  Add in a few drops of coloring to each section and mix in (a glove is preferable to avoid staining your hands).  You can add in a few drops of glycerin at this point if you’d like but I find that it’s not necessary. And that’s it!  Your homemade playdough is ready to rock and roll.

Tip:  You can add in other textures to the playdough such as glitter, various shaped confetti or even small shells.  Kids love this surprise element and thoroughly enjoy taking part in these experiments.

“Happy Happy Joy Joy”…

Mariam Yasin

Mariam Yasin

Internationally renowned Wellness Expert, Trainer and Therapist based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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