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The Ultimate Playdough Recipe Resource

11 May 2009 No Comment

playdoughShortcut Playdough

1 cup salt
2 cups plain flour
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
2 cups boiling water
food colouring if required

Method: Combine ingredients (except water) in a bowl. Pour the boiling water in and stir. Knead lightly on a table top. Store in plastic bag – will keep for weeks.

Microwave Playdough

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
2 cups cold water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
food colouring if required

Method: Beat ingredients together well, place in large bowl, cover and cook 4 – 5 minutes on high. Knead into a ball when cooled. Store in a plastic bag – will keep for months.

Uncooked Playdough

1 cup salt
½ cup water
1 ½ cups plain flour
2 tablespoon cooking oil
food colouring

Method: Mix all together, knead until smooth. Will keep a few days in plastic bag in fridge.

Stretchy Playdough

½ kg self-raising flour
250 ml water

Method: Mix together then knead until smooth. Will not keep.

Baking Playdough (Not edible)

½ cup salt
1 cup flour
¾ cup water

Method: Mix flour and salt in bowl, add water gradually to make a stiff dough. Add more flour to avoid stickiness. Add 2 drops glycerine for a really smooth dough. Can be made into shapes and
baked on a low heat for 1-2 hours to make decorations.

Bumpy Playdough (for 3D pictures)

¾ cup plain flour
¼ cup salt
powder paint
several containers for colours
cardboard for base

Method: Make dough with first 3 ingredients. Put different colours of powder paint in containers and divide dough into portions and add to paint. To make 3D pictures, shape different coloured doughs before sticking it onto to the cardboard.


1 cup cornflour
1 ½ cups cold water
2 cups bicarbonate of soda

Method: Mix until smooth in microwave safe bowl, then microwave on high for 4 – 5 minutes stirring occasionally until it looks like mashed potatoes. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to cool then knead. Use as a modelling clay to make small objects and decorations. Don’t forget to add holes to decorations to be hung. Dry by leaving a few days on a foam tray, then paint. Mixture will keep in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Cornflour Slime

2 cups cornflour
few drops of food colouring

Method: Add water gradually until you have a smooth, runny mixture which can be dribbled on paper to make pictures or just played with for fun. If pushed down it should feel solid, if allowed to pour it should appear to flow like a liquid.

Cornflour Glue

2 tablespoons cornflour
2 tablespoons cold water
1 cup boiling water

Method: In a bowl mix cornflour and cold water to a thin paste. Then add boiling water and stir very fast. It should form a white glue like Clag. If it fails to do so, put mixture in the microwave for a minute on high and stir vigorously again.

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