Tuesday, 3 February 2015

How to make play dough

Everone loves playing with Play Dough, it keeps children, and adults amused for ages! 

We use play dough in ELSA to let our children express themselves.

What you need:

  • 1 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 3 tbsp (any) oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • food colouring (choose desired colours, easiest to stick to 2 or 3 choices at a time)
  • adult assistance


Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add the oil, mixing to form rough breadcrumbs.
Next add the boiling water and once combined knead the ingredients on a clean surface until they form the silky dough.
Set aside the dough and cover your clean workbench with cling wrap.
Divide silky dough into even portions for colouring.
Put ½ tsp of colour in at a time – increasing the quantity if needed to make a vibrant, richer colour.
Wearing gloves knead the colouring into the dough.
Use straightaway or put in the fridge for later.


  • Be careful as the boiling water increases the temperature of the dough and can be too hot to hold at times. You may want to use a utensil to do the initial mix.
  • If the dough is too sticky when kneading, add a little flour. If it is too dry, add a little water. These amounts must be minimal additions as it's best not to upset the balance between ingredient quantities.
  • It is not necessary to wear gloves, most food colouring washes off with hot soapy water.
  • Store in cling wrap, ziplock bags or an airtight container.


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