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A Play Dough Recipe for the not so Crafty Parent!


Crafts are not my thing.  Sometimes I feel like they should be, so i try really hard to make it happen.  This usually ends up in a stressed out mummy who has to call in super dad to save the day.  There isn’t much my husband can’t turn his hand to.  I find it an attraction whilst at the same time infuriating!

However, super dad hung up his cloak this week as we made our very own play dough – and I nailed it!  The recipe is super simple. It took two minutes to throw together and it got us through until nap time, on a miserable rainy morning.

Here’s what you need:

  • A small cup
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Plain or self-raising flour
  • Oil – vegetable/sunflower
  • Salt
  • Hot water

Here’s how to do it:

  • Add two cups of flour to the bowl
  • Add one cup of salt
  • Throw in two tablespoons of oil
  • Add one cup of hot water
  • Mix, mix, mix until you get a nice doughy ball of fun!

That really is it!  As this was my first attempt and I hadn’t expected it to go well, I didn’t add any glitter/colour/frangrance to the mix.  If you do want to add some though, pop it in when the mixture is still gooey.  This will help it spread evenly throughout the dough.

So there you have it, how to make play dough for dummies!  If I can do it, anyone can!

Run Jump Scrap!


Cuddle Fairy
A Cornish Mum


  • Sarah Howe November 16, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Oh wow! It worked 🙂 not tried this one but it does look really simple and well done. I’m not too crafty despite my scrapbooking!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Me neither, anything crafty gets passed over to Hubs! Haha! x

  • Nicole {Life's Tidbits} November 16, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I’ve been considering making my own play dough, but haven’t worked up the motivation yet. Definitely saving this recipe for a rainy day so my toddler and I can do it together. #BestandWorst

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 16, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      I was the same, but it really was no effort at all! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Winnettes November 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so not craftsy, this was made for me! It looks very easy and fun… Thank you for sharing!

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 16, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Haha me too! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Topfivemum November 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    My daughter always tries to eat play doh (how she can stomach the taste of it is beyond me, it’s VILE!) so I’m definitely going to try this! She’ll enjoy making it with me too (if I can bare it!) Thanks for sharing – bookmarking this! #BloggerClubUK

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      My youngest did too, haha! Ah, enjoy! x

  • Mimi Rose & Me November 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    This looks great. I’m off to the shops in the morning! I can’t wait to try this with my daughter #BestAndWorst

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Enjoy! x

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy November 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Well this looks nice & easy! Will pin this for future use. Thanks lovely. Thank you for sharing your post with us at #BloggerClubUK xx

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 17, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thankyou! X

  • adventureswithmonster November 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    love playdough, thanks for sharing 🙂 #PicknMix

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks for stopping by x

  • Amie Richards November 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve banned anyone buying playdough in our house because I’ll make it instead and be way cheaper (she’s been saying for ages and hasn’t actually done yet!) #picknmix

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 19, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Haha, I don’t blame you it costs hardly anything to make! x

  • acornishmum November 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Aw my Mum always made playdough for us as children, we used to love it 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • The Tale of Mummyhood November 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Aw such a lovely memory! x

  • Nicole March 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I’m un-crafty too, so this sounds easy and fun… my little fellow loves stirring and mixing so I’m defi gonna give this a shot on a rainy day!

    • The Tale of Mummyhood March 15, 2017 at 11:45 am

      It’s really easy, have fun when you try it out! x


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