Glama-Ma’s Homemade Playdough

Glama-Ma’s Homemade Playdough

This is a tried and tested recipe for homemade playdough that was given to me by my college tutor way back when I was studying for a childcare course before my 2nd son.  It is actually edible, there is nothing nasty in it, it is made with ingredients from your store cupboard,  so it won’t matter if your children nibble a little. I wouldn’t recommend that they feast on it though. 

Kids love making models, pretend food and wiggly worms with playdough and the fact that this is homemade playdough keeps the costs down and means that if you go to open the tub and find that someone hasn’t quite sealed the lid tight and its all gone dry and crumbly it’s not going to break the bank to make a new batch and put the old one in the bin! 

I wanted to divide the one batch into 4 balls to make 4 colours to play with and so kneaded the colour into the dough whilst it was still warm rather than add the colour to the wet ingredients in the pan. If the dough is a little crumbly then add just one drop more oil and knead it in. 

Seriously do NOT be tempted to double up the ingredients to make a larger batch.  Make two separate batches.  You will thank me once you have tried to mix the first batch 😉 

You can colour this with edible food dye or make your own natural colours using vegetables such as beetroot.


The recipe below makes approx 500gm of play dough. 

Homemade Playdough


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fine table salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food colouring
  • 1 cup flour


  • Saucepan (non-stick is best)
  • Wooden spoon

Homemade play dough method




  1. Mix water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food colouring in a saucepan and heat until warm. You do not need to boil this and the salt will not dissolve you are simply warming this through. 
  2. Remove from heat and add flour. Mix until it leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball. If it’s a little sticky then add a sprinkle of flour.  If it’s a little dry then add a drop more food colouring, you will be surprised just how far one drop will go to change the texture of the playdough. 
  3. Turn out onto a clean work surface and knead to really work the playdough.
  4. The cream of tartar makes this playdough last 4 months or longer, so don’t be tempted to skip this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand.
  5. Once cooled store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag. Storing before it has cooled will create condensation which in turn will make the playdough sticky.


Homemade playdough colours and fun


I hope that you have many hours of fun playing with this homemade playdough with your children and Grandchildren.  Please let me know in the comments below if you make this homemade playdough and pop over to our Facebook Group and upload a photo.


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