Recipe: Homemade Play Dough

18 March 2020|

Yesterday was our first day of Homeschool Holidays and entertain me whilst I get so excited here, but it was all sorts of fun! We stuck to our schedule, we had non stop quality time, the girls skipped their way through the day and they got even more excited for today.

Two fun activities I can share with you today: “baking” your own homemade play dough and then having fun with the play dough. And it’s so easy.

We actually make this play dough often as for the past three years, we have been making batches of it for the local creche that our girls’ school supports. We make the play dough as a class, and send it to the school, weekly as fun play dough and a teaching tool for their special children to use.

Homemade Play dough Recipe:


  • 2 cups salt
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 8 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 4 teaspoons food coloring


  • Mix all ingredients in a big pot and heat gently, stirring continuously until it forms a large lump and leaves the sides. 
  • Allow to cool until you can handle the dough. 
  • Knead very well and store in an airtight plastic bag. 

Please know that I am very mindful that there are many parents who do not have this luxury of being able to self-isolate and social-distant themselves. And many parents who are at home are working from home and are struggling to get anything done because of having to entertain their kiddies. I do not take this luxury for granted, at all – I am choosing to find the joy and positives in our current situation for our family. I am choosing to focus on my girls, be present and be intentional, and be still – in a season of life that is forever demanding, chaotically busy and racing before our eyes. I am counting our blessings. And praying for all the families that don’t find themselves in such a positive position.


*Blog photography by the very special Wilma Towell Photography

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