Bought too much flour – make playdough!

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What do I need?

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (this keeps it fresher for longer so not vital but really helpful)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Food colouring


  • In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and mix well.
  • Mix food coloring with your water first. Then add the vegetable oil and water with food coloring to a large pot. Mix together.
  • Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.
  • Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.
  • Once it starts to form a ball together and looks fully cooked, take off the heat. Let the dough cool first before touching.
  • Once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make the dough soft.

Practical advice

Make sure you store it properly either in an airtight container and/or wrapped well in cling wrap – can keep for a month or longer.

If it dries out, try adding a little oil and kneading it.

Don’t try using natural colouring like beetroot juice 🙈, the ways it can go wrong is endless

Make sure it has cooled first throughout the mixture before handing to excited kids.

For bigger hands

After the kids have gone to bed (steady) the playdough can be used in a sculpting version of pictionary! Can be done virtually with other couples too.

Pub quiz fun fact

Technically, cream of tartar is an acid—specifically, tartaric acid. It’s a byproduct of wine production, the residue left on the barrels, actually.

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