Here’s a handy and simple recipe for home made Play Dough.


  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 3 drops liquid food colouring


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Stir over heat until dough is pliable.
  3. Allow to cool, and store in a well-sealed plastic bag or container.


3 drops of colouring is an estimate – adjust to your liking.

This makes enough for 2-4 children to have a good-sized lump to play with.

The dough will last for 6 months or more if you keep it in the fridge.

Rebecca Lockyer
Occupational Therapist, Little TheraPeas

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