Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Christmas play dough recipe

This brilliant play dough recipe smells just like Christmas! The cinnamon, cloves and orange zest combine to give a festive aroma to the kitchen and little hands as they play with this delightfully squishy mixture!



  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 5 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 orange, zest
  • 500ml (2 cups) water
  • 240ml (4 tbsp) vegetable oil


Place all ingredients in a saucepan and mix together well.

Cook on a low heat for five minutes, stirring often.

Turn out onto work surface lightly dusted with flour and knead, adding a little more flour if necessary, for a few minutes.

Then squish, roll and squash to your hearts content.


  • When not using, store in a jar or airtight container to prevent the dough drying out.
  • This is a great recipe for using up old flour or spices that have seen better days.
  • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder. You can follow Sophie on Local is LovelyFacebookTwitter or Pinterest.