If you are running out of things to do with your kids, why not try out this recipe for play dough?

It’s a cheap and easy way to make hours of fun.


2 cups of flour

½ cup of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 and ½ cup of hot water

Food colours and scents of your choice


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix well
  3. Turn the dough out onto a board and knead. If the dough is too dry add more hot water, or flour if it’s too wet
  4. If you only want one colour, add the dye before turning out the dough and mix.
  5. If you want more than one colour, divide up the dough and mix colour into each portion.
  6. If you would like to give the play-dough a scent, you can add this at the same time as the colouring

Once it’s formed into a smooth elastic dough, it’s ready to be played with. Otherwise, you can place it into sealed container for playing with later.

This will give your kids a cheap and easily manipulated dough that can be used to create anything they want. You can also supply cookie cutters and anything else that might make a shape or pattern in their dough. You could also add glitter for some sparkle.

Happy play doughing!

-Sam Ogilvie

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