Our favourite play dough recipe

Our favourite play dough recipe

What you need:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups boiling water (add slowly until it feels right)
  • 1 tablespoons of tartar
  • Food colouring


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir all the ingredients
  • Knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all the stickiness has gone. This is a very important part of the process, so keep at it until its the perfect consistency. If it remains a little sticky, add a touch more flour

7 Benefits of Playing with Play Dough:

  • Enhances fine motor skills
  • Improves pre-writing skills
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Calming effect
  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • Social skills
  • Increases curiosity and knowledge


If you would like to learn more about understanding and supporting your child’s development, please contact us on 9334 0111 or connect@thenortherncentre.org.au to arrange to talk with one of our experienced Family Workers in a confidential setting.