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Thursday, 23 July 2015

How to Make Playdough

An easy, non-cooked playdough recipe

Playdough continues to delight kids all over the world. This favourite form of creative play is a terrific way to get imaginations 'rolling'! So many ideas can take form in a matter of moments using this very simple medium.

Making your own playdough is a super fun way to bring even more creativity to this activity. Not only do you get to determine the amount of dough you make but you can also make it in all kinds of crazy colours with wacky additions (more on this later). First, let's look at the basic playdough recipe ...

Playdough ingredients

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch for our readers in the US)
  • Food colouring

How to make playdough

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the water.

2. Add the cold water slowly to the mixture and mix together until it becomes a dough.

3. The consistency should be easy to mould and easy to handle. If it's too dry you can add water (just a tiny amount at a time, it's easy to overdo it!). If it's too sticky, add more flour.

4. The mixture now is how it will appear when using it later, so keep mixing until you're happy with the appearance and texture.

5. That's it! You can play with the playdough now, or put it in storage for later. Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.

Wacky variations

Here are a few tips for fun variations and additions to your playdough mixture:
  • Experiment with different colours and multiple colours. By adding different colours in different moments you can achieve a fun rainbow effect.
  • Try adding glitter for a dazzling disco ball of playdough! The children can make glittering creations from this mixture.
  • Add rice or other grains for different textures

We hope you've enjoyed this week's post. If you enjoy making your own playdough why not send us pictures of your creations and we'll publish them in future social media posts.

Important: Playdough should not be eaten. Adult supervision is recommended at all times when using playdough or playdough ingredients. Keep away from dogs and other pets - the salt content can be dangerous if the playdough is eaten by them.