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Playdough Five Ways!

In this post I’m sharing the simple recipes for Playdough Five Ways! 

Please read the post to see the exact way to make the dough so they work for you rather than just the ingredients on the photo.

Making playdough at home is so easily done and is cheaper than buying pots and pots from the shops. You can do lots of different things with home made playdough so I hope you like this Playdough Five Ways.

Playdough Five Ways Recipes

Another ingredient that isn’t needed but makes the playdough texture better is cream of tar tar. It can be bought in the baking isle of most shops and comes in little sachets. You either need half a sachet per dough or 2 tablespoons per dough mix.

A few things to note:

*Use Cream of Tartar if you have it.

*Where it says water use kettle boiled water to avoid needing to cook the playdough.

*Work in more flour if the dough is too sticky.

*The more you work the dough the firmer it will become.

*To make it easier to colour you can mix the food colouring into the water before adding that to the dry ingredients.

*Store in an air tight container.

Here is a bit more info about each of the Playdough’s:

The stretchy dough is so fun made with just two ingredients and I love that you can get the white colour from it than using flour doesn’t give. You can also use self raising flour replacing plain flour in the original recipe which also makes the dough stretchy.

With the glittery dough I kept the food colouring not quite mixed in to give an added marbled effect, I thought it looked fab. I used red small glitter but would like to experiment with larger glitter pieces to see how it turns out!

The rock salt dough was actually made by mistake but it turned out to be really good. Using the coarse salt instead of table salt gave it a rough texture which was fab alongside all these other playdoughs as it added another element for Amelia to explore.

The original dough is super easy to make and you can add as much or as little food colouring making the colour of your choice.

The scented dough can be done in a few ways using either an essential oil, spices or shower gels. I have previously used spices for scent when we did Autumn Playdough but for this one I used strawberry shower gel. It worked really well. I know I’ve said 2 table spoons but but add a little and see how it turns out then you can always add more!

The playdough was all pink as we used it for a Valentines Playdough Platter that turned out to be so much fun but like I mentioned colour is completely optional just using food colouring. I always use the gel as you don’t need very much and using the liquid can sometimes mess up the balance of ingredients so just be cautious when adding if you do!

Do your children like playdough?

Thanks for reading!xx




  1. 19th January 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Great recipes, very easy to make playdough, hours of fun guaranteed!xx

    • Monica
      19th December 2016 / 4:33 am

      I tried it over and over and it turned into something that was like frosting and would stick for you fingers CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT I DID WRONG 🙁

      • AliceElizabeth;94
        19th December 2016 / 8:38 am

        Oh no! Which recipe did you try?

        • Lainney
          22nd December 2016 / 3:19 am

          mine did the same thing and i made the original

      • Kimberly
        23rd December 2016 / 8:04 am

        Keep working in more flour

  2. 19th January 2016 / 5:16 pm

    How fabulous! I love the idea of your valentines playdough platter. Rosalie got some shop bought play dough for christmas but we are yet to play with it yet. Is 17 months too young? Maybe this home made stuff would be better just in case she eats it!

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      19th January 2016 / 10:23 pm

      I think Amelia started playing with it at this age. I think it would be fine as long as you keep a watchful eye! Thanks for your comment 🙂 xx

  3. 20th January 2016 / 12:18 am

    Aw i used to love making play doh as a child! So simple to make and really fun! I do like the sound of that glittery one! 🙂 x

  4. 20th January 2016 / 9:57 am

    My daughter has always loved playing with play dough, although she always leaves the lids off and lets the pots go hard! We haven’t tried making our own, I might give it a go this weekend!

  5. 20th January 2016 / 1:28 pm

    These are great recipes! We lovel playdoh.

  6. 20th January 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I keep meaning to make some homemade playdough and then forget to pick up cornflour in the shopping. Jasmine would love the scented one as she’s really into sniffing things at the moment!! xx

  7. 20th January 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Alice this is such a needed post for me. I have been wanting to make my own playdoh for a while now. Thanks for this. I must attempt it. Although I will wait for the children’s bought playdoh to run out first as they received quite a bit for their birthdays. Great post. My two adore playdoh. I am always getting it out so I could really do with making my own and I will actually keep the old pots to keep the homemade playdoh in.. win, win situation! x

  8. 20th January 2016 / 11:13 pm

    This is great hun – thanks. I’ve pinned as a keeper too xx

  9. 23rd January 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I admire your commitment to arts and crafts so much hun! I wish I had your patience. I love all of these playdough ideas and definitely want to do these with Lamb. You’re such a super mum!! xxx

  10. 23rd January 2016 / 7:15 pm

    ooo not tried stretchy that is next on my list! you are so good with all the crafty activities you and amelia get up too! x

  11. diane
    8th July 2016 / 9:00 am

    When you say 1cup conditioner for the stretchy dough, do you mean hair conditioner?

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      8th July 2016 / 9:04 am

      Yes that’s what I mean!:)

  12. JoAnn
    8th July 2016 / 3:52 pm

    We did the original and it is very sticky!??

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      8th July 2016 / 3:53 pm

      Shouldn’t be, try adding some more flour 🙂

  13. Lisa
    27th August 2016 / 5:49 pm

    My little girl loves play dough and gets through so much its very expensive. I came across your recipes posted on Pinterest. I see what you need but not the methods to make the dough. I’m new to making any thing like this and we tried the stretchy play dough but just adding the two ingredients gave us a sloppy mess. We added much more corn flour and now have some thing that resembles a soft play dough texture but cracks and breaks easily and is not in the least stretchy. Where am I going wrong please help

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      31st August 2016 / 11:49 am

      Hello, thanks for coming over from pinterest and glad to here your little one loves playdough. In this blog post are all the ingredients you will need to create your different playdoughs if you had them in the correct proportions they should create the correct dough as these are the recipes I use whenever we do playdough. If the stretchy dough isn’t working maybe try less conditioner a little more cornflour but add it a little bit at a time and work it through the dough otherwise it will dry it right out. It should be nice and stretchy and soft and loads of fun to play with 🙂 x

  14. fatima
    1st September 2016 / 5:16 pm

    How long will it stay good?

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      1st September 2016 / 8:50 pm

      The original and scented dough if done with essential oils will last a few months if stored air tight. The ones using shower gel or conditioner won’t last as long 🙂

  15. Lisa
    1st September 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Hi. Thanks for the reply. I have over the last few days been trying what you have sugested still to no avail. My little one loves the texture how ever.
    Could it be the conditioner I’m using?

  16. Katie
    1st October 2016 / 12:27 am

    I love having all of these recipes right in one place! I can’t wait to make them with my kindergarten class! We made gingerbread playdough today and they had a blast. Even after thirty minutes of playing they still groaned when I said to clean up!
    Do you have to refrigerate them to keep them fresh, or can you keep them in airtight containers?

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      4th October 2016 / 11:35 am

      Ah so pleased you like the recipes! I love playdough the gingerbread one sounds fab! No all of these recipes are absolutely fine kept in air tight containers no need for the fridge! 🙂 Let me know how you get on! xx

  17. Sheena
    5th November 2016 / 9:41 am

    This looks great. And much cheaper. Never made it so this may sound stupid do you just mix the ingredients or do you need to ” cook “it. Maybe I have missed something

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      5th November 2016 / 11:53 am

      There’s no need to cook it. Use boiled kettle water and that’ll do the job!! Hope it goes well 🙂 thank you xxx

      • Sheena
        5th November 2016 / 12:00 pm

        Thanks. Is that for all of them. This sounds great

        • AliceElizabeth;94
          5th November 2016 / 12:02 pm

          Yes :)! Jus where it says water go for boiled xx

  18. Jaxmaree
    1st December 2016 / 12:05 am

    Do you just mix everything together, or do you cook it on the stove? I’ve had to cook it in a pan all the other times I’ve made play dough.

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      1st December 2016 / 2:15 pm

      I just mix it all together! I use boiled kettle water so that’s enough rather than heating it up x

  19. Chris
    8th January 2017 / 3:51 am

    I am presuming this is uncooked, but I have never had much luck keeping the raw mix for very long??? I much prefer the cooked dough. Please let me know if it is cooked or not.

    • AliceElizabeth;94
      8th January 2017 / 9:07 am

      It is uncooked but use hot kettle water to bring it together 🙂

  20. Brittany
    24th February 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Hello from Texas!! Your recipes look fantastic!!! One quick question though. Would cornflower be the same as cornstarch?

    • Alice
      24th February 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Hi Brittany!! Oh fab glad you like the look of the recipes. Yes I believe they are the same thing 🙂 happy Playdough making xx

      • nicole
        22nd March 2017 / 11:53 pm

        great playdough!!!!!

  21. nicole
    22nd March 2017 / 11:52 pm

    great playdough!!!!!

  22. Alison Soulsby
    30th March 2017 / 8:11 pm

    We used a similar method to the original when my kids were young. I always cooked it in a pan, kneading it through carefully to ensure it was evenly heated. I used to find it sticky until cooked enough- but often I had to turn it once the bottom was cooked properly so the sticky side was turned down in the pan. If not cooked enough, it stayed too sticky. I hope this helps those having problems. Haven’t tried the stretchy dough but had heard of it- don’t know if you have to cook this one or not

    • Alice
      30th March 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks for your comment and advice Alison. It is a no cook recipe but only because it uses boiled kettle water instead so there is still some heat in there to bring the ingredients together. The stretchy dough doesn’t need cooking at all as it’s just the two ingredients that make it the stretchy consistency 🙂 xxx

  23. Rebecca Ecker
    28th January 2018 / 7:10 pm

    Thanks for the recipes we made the original. An it turned out perfect ty

  24. 7th February 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I like that you included a lot of different recipes. I am writing an article right now about fun things to do with your child on a rainy day. I definitely shared your website. Thank you. 🙂

  25. Laura
    3rd October 2018 / 3:41 pm

    What type of oil did you use when making these playdohs?

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