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Playtime has never been quite so fun as it is with my super easy cooked playdough recipe (with both Thermomix and conventional methods). Whip up a batch and the kids will be playing happily for hours (ok... maybe hours is an overstatement!!). 

Super Easy Playdough Recipe

Our simple cooked playdough recipe is sure to provide hours of fun for the kids! Follow our step-by-step instructions for making playdough using a stove-top or a Thermomix. 
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Course: Non-Edible
Cuisine: Non-Edible
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 1 batch
Cost: $3


  • Stove-top or Thermomix


  • 110 g salt
  • 250 g water
  • 1 tbs cream of tartar
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 tbs oil coconut, vegetable etc are all fine
  • food colouring
  • glitter optional


Thermomix Method

  • Place the salt into the Thermomix bowl and mix on Speed 10 for 5 seconds.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the water and cream of tartar and cook for 5 minutes, 60 degrees, Speed 3.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the plain flour and the oil and mix together for 50 seconds, Speed 4.
  • Knead for 1 minute on Interval Speed.
  • Check the texture and if it's a little sticky, add some more flour and knead for a further 30 seconds.
  • Separate the playdough into several bowls.
  • Add 1 tiny drop of food colouring (and a sprinkle of glitter - optional) to each bowl and mix together with your hands until the colour is evenly dispersed (wear gloves!).
  • Wrap the playdough in cling wrap and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Conventional Method

  • Place the flour, water, cream of tartar and salt into a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir continuously until thickened. Leave the mixture to cool.
  • Place the dough onto a well-floured board or bench.
  • Add the oil and knead it through really well.
  • Divide the playdough into equal portions, add food colouring and knead until the colour is completely even.
  • Wrap each ball in plastic wrap, place into an airtight container and store in the fridge.


Playdough is also known as play do, play doh and play dough.
Salt – cheap table salt works fine (you can generally buy a 1kg bag for around $1.00). The salt helps to preserve the playdough so that it lasts longer.
Cream of tartar – I use McKenzies brand but you can substitute with any brand you like.
Plain flour – cheap home brand flour works fine.
Oil – you can use vegetable oil, coconut oil, canola oil etc. I generally use vegetable oil. The oil helps maintain the elasticity of the playdough.
Food colouring – add 1-2 drops for pastel colours or increase the amount of food colouring for more vibrant colours.
Wear gloves when kneading through the food colouring (to avoid your hands being stained).
You can add glitter to this recipe for a sparkly appearance.
You can add essential oils to the playdough to give it a beautiful scent.
Storing playdough - store in individual ziplock plastic bags (one bag per colour) at room temperature for up to 3 months. If the playdough starts to dry out, simply knead through a small amount of oil.