May 16, 2018


Play dough is such a lovely art material for children as it can be used in so many different ways. It is cheap and easy to make at home and you can create a whole array of colours, scents and effects. 

I've tried quite a few play dough recipes now and I think I have perfected the process. Often a recipe will result in a huge batch of the stuff that is too much to deal with and so for this recipe, down the quantities to give a manageable amount of dough that will split into 3 good size balls or 6 dinky ones. 




  • 1 cup plain flour

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/4 cup salt

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 heaped tablespoon cream of tartar



  • liquid water colour or food colouring to add colour

  • essential oils to add scent

  • eco glitter for a bit of sparkle!



1. Measure all the ingredients into a non-stick pan and warm on a medium low heat.


2. Stir with a spatular or wooden spoon, slowly mixing the ingredients.  


3. As the mixture heats up, you will notice the flour start to cook and turn a lumpy texture. Don't worry, just keep heating and stirring as the mixture thickens. 


4. When the mixture sticks together in a doughy consistency, remove from the heat and leave to cool. 


5. Knead the dough until smooth. 




To add colour to your dough, split into the desired number of balls and place each in a bowl. Add a few drops of watercolour or food colouring* to the dough and mix together, twisting and kneading the dough until the colour is evenly spread. Repeat until you have the desired tone. 



For scented play dough, use the same process as above, adding a few drops of your chosen essential oil. For glitter dough, sprinkle over some eco glitter and then mix in. 


* Watercolours are great for creating brightly coloured doughs but if you are worried about the possibility of younger children eating the play dough then opt for taste safe food colouring. The colouring will stain your hands a bit as you mix it into the dough but it comes off after a few washes and the coloured dough itself will not stain at all.





Your play dough should keep well in an airtight container for a good three months. If it does dry out a little, just wet your hands and mix the dough up to soften it again.



Please let me know how you get on with this recipe and do share your play dough creations over on Instagram using #mylittlemakes_


Louise X


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