This week the children asked the educators if they could make some playdough for their messy play experience. 

The children assisted educators in gathering the ingredients required.  We found multiple recipes for playdough and the children had so much fun trying out the different methods. 

The children discovered that the recipes all worked and helped create different textures of playdough. So, to continue on the children’s exploration of playdough making, we thought it would be wonderful for our families to try this recipe at home with the children.

Best Ever Playdough

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional – adds more shine!) 


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.

This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency! (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right.)

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