The perfect homemade play dough

We are play dough mad in this house.

Daniel loves to create all sorts of things with play dough, we’ve created snowmen & monsters, made cupcakes, gingerbread men, houses, spiders & fireworks to name a few.


Play dough is super quick, easy & cheap to make. Its made from everyday ingredients that we all have in our cupboards

1cup flour
1cup water
1/4cup salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp vinegar
A few drops of whichever color food coloring you are using

Simply mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and stir continuously over a medium heat until it forms one lump of dough. Place on work surface and knead well for a few minutes.

Back in the UK I would use cream of tartar, but here in Germany it is really hard to find and very expensive so I was very grateful when a friend told me to substitute the cream of tartar with a tablespoon of vinegar.

The joy of making your own play dough means you can make whatever color you like as well as making it scented, textured or sparkly, the options are limitless.

There is no need to keep it in the fridge, the dough should keep for a few weeks in an air tight container.

I try to provide D with a wide variety of materials & tools to use with the play-dough to help inspire creativity and encourage the use of his imagination.

I have a box of cutters & tools


This small box of assorted pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, beads & pom poms is a great thing to just grab when I need a quick play dough activity to fill some time.

We often add animals & cars to our play dough play.

Homemade play dough is one of my favorite activities to do with D, its easy & quick to make, non toxic, keeps him engaged, helps build up all those tiny muscles in his hands, cheap and we can both sit down and play together. Plus with all this horrible weather we’ve been having recently its the perfect in door activity.


Watch out for my weekly play dough activity!!!



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