Little People: Playdough!


There are always stacks of great  things to do and places to go during the school holidays, but sometimes the simple activities you can do at home are just as exciting and a lot less effort than piling everyone into the car and packing up for the whole day. I also find that my kids really enjoy a few quiet days at home during the holidays, especially if I spend some time doing fun activities with them. Playdough is right at the top of the list. This recipe is adapted from a Playgroup WA info sheet.

This recipe makes enough for one child. I usually make a separate portion for each of my kids then they can choose their own colour.

The playdough will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge or pantry for at least a month. 


  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbs oil
  • A few drops of food colouring


  1. Give your child a large plastic bowl and spatula
  2. Help your child to measure and add the dry ingredients to their bowl
  3. Allow your child plenty of time to mix their dry ingredients while you boil the kettle
  4. Let your child choose their own colour
  5. Measure 1 cup of boiling water then add oil and food colouring to the water
  6. At a safe distance from your child pour the water/oil/colouring mix into the bowl of dry ingredients
  7. Mix with a spatuala until fairly well combined
  8. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead for minute or so
  9. The dough starts out a little sticky and grainy but quickly becomes smooth with the kneading

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My kids currently love taking their play dough outside and setting up a ‘bakery’. They have cookie cutters, cutlery, some recycled muffin and baking trays, shells, gum nuts, leaves, chopsticks, little bowls, dry pasta and rolling pins to create their masterpieces. What could be more fun 🙂


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