Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Play dough recipe

Get your hands dirty and bring smiles to your kids' faces with this great art and craft kids activity making play dough. Smoosh it, mould it and roll it - you can create wild and whacky shapes with play dough that you and your kids made yourselves!



  • 1 cup flour
  • 250ml (1 cup) water
  • 1/2 cup cooking salt
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 60ml (1 tbsp) cooking oil
  • food colouring


Mix the flour, water, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan over medium heat until thick.

Allow the mixture to cool and then add the oil and knead well over a floured cutting board or similar.

Divide this blob evenly into as many colours as you'd like to make.

Add food colouring to each ball until it is just the colour your child is looking for.

That's it!

Allow the children to let their imaginations go wild.


  • Wrap the play dough up well after your child has finished playing with it in a ziplock bag (with all the air squeezed out) and then pop in an airtight plastic box. This way, it'll stay fresh for another day.
  • Add the food colouring to the play dough and kneed on a plastic board if you don't want to turn your wooden chopping board a funny colour!
  • Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to make decorations. Use a straw to make a hole for hanging and then thread the air-dried shapes on to pretty ribbon or string to make a colourful garland.