Play dough is a childhood institution – its quite simply a must have for kids! South Coast Kids has uncovered the most brilliant play dough recipe in the universe – not only can the kids help make it (and its super fast – all done in under 5 minutes), but once it’s done it looks like the real thing, smells like the real thing and feels like the real thing! And best of all, it goes the distance – the original recipe says it lasts up to six months and we can personally vouch for that. We have been actively playing with ours for well over 3 months and it is still going strong!

To make this wonderful goop of the ages, here is what you will need:

  • 2 cups of plan flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • Up to 1 ½ cups of boiling water (added in stages)
  • Food colouring (if you want to make it colourful, totally optional)

When we made this, my 3 year old helped with every step of the process except the pouring and stirring in of the boiling water. Safety first!

How to:

  • Mix the flour, oil, salt and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl
  • Add your chosen food colouring to the boiling water in a separate bowl or jug
  • Add the boiling water and colour mix to your dry ingredients IN STAGES so you can gauge whether the texture is right – you want it to be sticky!
  • Stir the mixture continuously until it starts to become sticky and all stays together
  • Once you’ve got it to the right consistency, leave it to cool down to about room temperature
  • Once cooled, knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until it is no longer sticky. Keep kneading until it becomes just like play dough. You will know when you’ve got it right!


We coloured our dough in one single colour because lets face it, all play dough gets mixed together and becomes one colour eventually anyway! However if you did want to colour it with different colours, you could just divide the dry ingredients once mixed together onto smaller bowls, and likewise with the water, then mix them all separately.

Now that the “hard part” is over, it’s time to squish, manipulate and create with your dough! Enjoy!

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