Easy no-cook Playdough

Playdough creations using the recipe below


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbps cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Food color (i use cakeflora gel colors)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup boiling water (add 1 cup and mix and then add the balance)


  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Add the oil
  • Add some food color
  • Add 1 of the 1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water on top of the food colour (this helps to dilute it so it colors easily) and then mix
  • Add the balance 1/2 cup of water slowly to the dough until the desired feel is achieved (you may notice that you dont use all of the 1/2 cup)
  • Knead well and store in airtight plastic or containers.

Yellow Tinker Tray and Playdough Invitation to Play

Yellow Tinker Tray and Playdough

After learning a particular concept like colours, shapes, animals etc i like to reinforce my tots knowledge and understanding by setting up trays that combine a number of learnt concepts into one. Today we focussed on the colour yellow, the square, rectangle and circle shapes and of course our little duck which she is all too familiar with but since its yellow i thought it gave me the opportunity to question her about its colour.

The playdough (like playdough always is) was a fun fine motor exercise. The suction beads also offered a good workout on the little hand muscles and the rectangular links worked great for some hand eye coordination. We are paving the way for some handwriting to come.

Tiny little finger muscles getting a workout

Sealife and Playdough Invitation to Play


Sea animals, seashells and pebbles cpupled with playdough make the perfect invitation to play

I love the vibrance and educational benefit that Invitation trays offer toddlers. It gives them a constructive opportunity to explore, create and play.

♡It is a wonderful tool to build their imagination.
♡Playdough offers a great fine motor workout for their tiny fingers
♡They are given the opportunity to explore new ‘little’ worlds through themed trays (like the seaworld one above)
♡Great vocabulary builders (i love the opportunity to talk to my little tot about sealife and introduce her to new sea animals like the octopus, seahorse and turtle)
♡Builds concentration span


Homemade playdough recipe can be found under search item ‘playdough’.

Playdough and Straw invitation to play


Homemade playdough and coloured straws cut into shorter bits

This is a wonderful fine motor activity for tots and offers them an invitation to explore.
I used coloured straws cut up into quarters and a single ball of our Homemade Playdough layed out on a tray. She got busy sticking the straws into the playdough.


Playdough and straws in action

The first time i set out this activity for her i found that it didnt hold her attention long enough. She merely poked the straws into the dough and set off to play with something else.
I took it as possibly just an off beat day for her, so i set out the activity again for her a few weeks later and it held her attention a lot longer.

Playtime expected: 10-20minutes

Supersoft Playdough


Our supersoft playdough. This playdough has the softest most beautiful texture. I made one and a half recipe and got out 10 different fistful-sized colours. We added glitter so some and left the others plain. It stays well in an airtight container.

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients until smooth.
Pour into a pot and turn your stove onto medium.
Cook until mixture draws away from the side and forms a dough consistency.
Divide and colour.

Pastel 2-Ingredient Playdough


Today we spent most of our morning making this beautiful pastel playdough that requires just 2 ingredients and is sooooo soft and sweet-smelling

1 cup cornflour
1/2 cup conditioner
Mix, mix, knead, pinch, squeeze, mix and you’ve got yourself some beautifully soft playdough.
Add in some gel food color and we threw in some fairy dust (glitter) too 🙌🙌🙌🙌
8 hands later we had 5 pretty colours ready to be rolled and cut.👐👐👐👐

If after using the exact measurements you find it too sticky add by the teaspoonful some cornflour until texture is like dough. And if you find it too hard/dry add in a teaspoonful of conditioner.

Store them in ziplock bags to prevent drying and in the event that they do just add a drop of conditioner to soften.