Perfect Natural Play Dough

Make your own!

“ A cake! A snake!  A sausage! ”  Our toddlers love creating with play dough.  It’s an all round pleaser & great for fine motor development, sensory  & creative play.  But finding the perfect recipe can be a challenge!  

Earlier this year I experimented with a few of the most popular recipes online with mixed results.  Then I trailed this recipe found on an educators online FB forum & have always had perfect, long lasting play dough.  It’s the two secret extra ingredients!!!


  • Measure all of the ingredients exactly.  Don’t guesstimate, you’ll regret it!! 
  • Let the children help make the dough.  SO many great skills to be learnt here!  (only if you have the time of course) 
  • I often make a double batch which is enough for 6 children.
  • If you keep it in the fridge, let it warm up before using as it will be crumbly when cold.




Materials Needed


  • A big mixing bowl & small metal bowl
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • A metal spoon & wooden spoon
  • Kettle for boiling water
  • Apron



  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons of glycerine (found in medicine section of supermarket)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup salt
  • Optional – natural food colouring, vanilla essence, food grade flavouring eg – orange or peppermint essence.



  1. Mix both flours & cream of tartar together in a large bowl.
  2. Dissolve the salt in boiling water. This is easiest done in a small metal bowl. Mix with a spoon.
  3. Add oil, glycerine & food colouring to the salty water.
  4. Make a well in the  flour mix & pour in the wet mixture.
  5. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  6. Turn out onto a floured surface & kneed for 30 seconds.  DONE & DUSTED!
  7. Store in glass jars with lids or in the fridge.

Extending experiences

The options for play dough activities are endless, but here’s a few favourites.
  • Shapes cutters, texture rollers, kitchen cutlery, toy cars & plastic animals
  • Add natural elements – leaves, sticks, flowers, stones seed pods & shells
  • Ingredients to add – oats, herbs, sprinkles, rice, cocoa, eco glitter, salt
  • Use recycled containers – jar lids, small trays, plastic containers, paper rolls
  • Create laminated playsheets for copying – eg shapes, faces, letters.
  • Add paddle pop sticks, wool, googly eyes,  cotton buds, toothpicks

Now it just so happens I have a heap of these recipes cards printed out & laminated!!   

Perfect for your storeroom or on the fridge!!   Would you like one? 

Send me an email  Include your address & I’ll pop one in the post to you. 

Perfect play dough forever!

Jasmine xx