Friday, September 14, 2012

Homemade Playdough

Last Sunday, I did homemade playdough. My little handy helper Elizabeth helped me during the process while her brother Joseph was having his afternoon siesta. There are many resources you can find from the internet but I based my homemade playdough through this website. You can follow her steps and there's pictures for each step too. So it makes it easier to follow and understand. I would love to show step by step pictures but alas since it was my first attempt, I was too 'kan cheong' in producing my playdoughs till I didn't have the chance to snap pictures during the process.

It's surely fun to do and after a few attempts you'll get the hang of it. I wanted to do homemade playdough because it is safer than the store bought ones. Just incase, Joseph accidentally put some in his mouth, I won't scream in fear and cry my eyes out. Imagine that!

So here's what you need:

1 cup of flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1/3 cup of salt (use the fine ones, I feel that it works better)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Food colouring (as many colours as you like)

These are some of the ingredients.
I'll try to give an easy explanation on the steps as possible although I don't have pictures to go along with.

1. Add 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1/3 cup salt into a saucepan over a low fire otherwise the flour will get burnt.

2. Stir it to avoid getting burnt, then quickly add in 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

3. Keep stirring. It will become lumpy but don't worry. Continue stirring but not too long. Add a bit of food colouring of your choice. 1 drop will produce a lighter colour. Few drops will produce a darker colour.

4.Stir the colour in and once the dough starts getting thicker and dry, switch off the fire.

5. Take it out from the saucepan and place the dough on a wax paper. Wait for it to cool.

6. Once it's cooled, you can knead the playdough until you're satisfied with the consistency and you get rid of the lumps.

It's easier to work on the wax paper. So when you're kneading it doesn't stick everywhere. But don't worry, once it's cooled, the playdough is not that sticky and won't stick on your hands. If it sticks on your hands while kneading, then you'll know it's not successful.

That's it. I managed to do 3 colours so far. I still have green and red to do. Then the kids can start having fun with it.

Sorry for the blurry picture. This is orange coloured playdough.

Store them separately in a ziploc bag. This is pink coloured playdough.

This is blue coloured playdough.
Happy weekend everyone!


  1. Great sharing of homemade playdough.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I must try this one day. The kids will love it!

  3. Thanks for sharing! My boy is into dough lately and this is a very good idea! How are you lately? Sorry not visiting your blog as frequent as last time, been busy busy busy!

    1. You're welcome. I'm fine, Jenny. Thanks for asking. Yeah, I can see that you're busy. hehe. Anyway, do try. Ben will love it.

  4. Ahh pandai nyer! I malas to play with play dough actually. very messy when the colours all jumbled up!

    1. Haha thanks. But at least this one not smelly.

  5. Hi Carolyn, this my first time seeing this play dough. I remember my young days it was plasticine, stinks to high Heaven....!
    Love your creative your kids having fun too.
    Have a nice day.

    1. Hi Uncle Lee, yeah my time also is called plasticine. Luckily this homemade playdough is not smelly. haha. Thanks for dropping by.

  6. hi, I've tried your method but mine came out sticking on to my hands when I kneaded. Can you tell me what went wrong?

    1. Hi! There was twice mine didn't came out well too because it ended up like yours. So I did it again. I suspect is maybe I accidentally scoop too much of oil. Make sure the table spoon of oil is not too full to the brim. Hope it works. Good luck!



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