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Wednesday, 26 August 2020

5 Ingredient Home-made Play-dough - The Easiest Recipe Around!

 The Best Play-dough Recipe!

Okay, so I know I might be somewhat biased, but I truly believe this is the best play-dough recipe out there. If you are anything like me, you will prefer to use homemade play-dough simply because you know exactly what is in it and if you can be confident that if your child eats any, they will be completely safe.

In my experience, both as a teacher and a Mum, I must have tried twenty or more different play-dough recipes. Some worked great but contained a thousand complicated and hard to get ingredients, others were too wet, too dry, turned bad really quickly... the list is endless. None of them were right. 

In the end, I found a recipe online that was pretty close to perfect, although for me the quantities were still a little out, so I tweaked them until I had the perfect consistency. This one is more like a bread dough. It isn’t sticky or gloopy and I love it. It’s perfect for rolling cutting shapes - everything! 

Here is my formula for the perfect play-dough.


11 tbsp (or 165g) flour. 
3 tbsp (or 45g) salt. 
5 tbsp (or 75ml) water.
1 tbsp oil - vegetable, rapeseed, sunflower... whatever you have is fine! 
1 tsp liquid food colouring.


1 mixing bowl 
1 spoon
1 tbsp measurement or weighing scales 


1) Combine dry ingredients (salt & flour). 
2) Add wet ingredients (water, oil & food colouring).
3) Stir!
4) Tip onto your work top and knead.
5) Use your play-dough immediately, or you can put it into a food bag or wrap in cling film and store in the fridge for up to a week!

That’s it! 

Here are my top tips:

  • Every time I’ve made this recipe it is just perfect, however if for some reason you’re mixture feels a bit wet, add more flour. If it feels a bit dry, add a tiny drop more water. 
  • If you’re using a gel or concentrated food colouring instead of liquid you may need to add another teaspoon of water. 
  • If you want to make multiple colours, leave out the food colouring, knead your dough as usual, divide into the number of colours you are using and add your colouring at the end.
  • Lastly - get your little one involved! Plonk them into their learning tower and have them help you with the mixing and kneading! 
I hope you have hours of fun with your perfect play-dough. To see how I present this in a Montessori style way click here. I’d love to see your creations or if you have a comment or query, drop a message in the comments box below!

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