Soft and Easy Playdough Recipe: Plus Everyday Items To Use With Your Playdough.

I love playdough and so does my little artmaker, rolling squishing, poking, and moulding, what’s not to love? This is one of my favourite activities for open-ended play.

Use some everyday bits and pieces from around the house (list below) to add to the playdough experience and voila, you have a great activity to let imaginations run wild. As well as strengthen little hand muscles. You can add some essential oil, lavender is nice, especially just before bed for a relaxing experience or you can add glitter for some sparkle.

This playdough recipe is soft, stretchy and easy to make. Due to the salt and cream of tartar content, it lasts well for months in an airtight container. If it does start to dry out just add in a few drops of oil (any type will do) and knead in to return it back to a softer texture.

Tips and tricks when using playdough

  1. Be sure to store your playdough in an airtight container when not in use, you can also cling wrap the playdough before you put it into a container.
  2. You can add the food colouring to the water when cooking or you can divide the dough into balls and add a different colour to each ball, simply knead the colour in.
  3. For more muted pastel colours add a few drops of food colouring, add slowly and knead until you get the desired colour.
  4. If the playdough starts to dry out simply add a few drops of oil and knead in to return it back to a softer texture.
  5. Don’t forget to use some plastic gloves when you’re kneading in the food colouring to prevent staining your hands.

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think.


About Emma - Founder of Art Play Heart and passionate advocate of getting as many children as possible to enjoy art making in their lives! There is nothing more magnificent than watching a child or anyone for that matter flourish and discover themselves and the world around them through being creative and making art in all its glorious forms.

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