Best ever Playdough Recipe

Playdough is such an awesome activity for kids – it appeals to a huge range of ages, can keep them entertained for ages and is cheap and easy to make at home.

I love this recipe as it’s non-toxic, makes a gorgeous silky playdough, and best of all is made in the slow cooker!

If you don’t have a slow cooker, don’t worry, you can just pop it in a saucepan and stir over a very low heat.

Along with the usual cookie cutters, our Kiddies Food Kutter makes a great playdough tool – so don’t just keep it for using in the kitchen or at the dinnertable! Now they can cut and chop their playdough too without you having to worry about little fingers getting cut.


2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1/3 cup cream of tartar
2 cups water
2 tbsp oil
1-2 tsp food colouring


Combine all the ingredients except for the food colouring in the bowl of your slow cooker.

Give it a stir with a wooden spoon until it’s well combined – don’t worry if there’s lumps!

Place a tea towel under the lid so there’s a good seal and cook on low for 45 – 60 mins.

Make sure you stir it often (during the first 30 mins in particular) and keep an eye on it as the cooking time may differ between machines.

You’ll know your playdough is ready when it forms into a ball and doesn’t feel sticky to the touch.

Take the dough out of the slow cooker, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and allow to cool.

Divide up the dough and add food colouring to each batch to make the colours you’d like (tip: wear disposable gloves for this part!).

Give it a really good knead to both disperse the colour and also give the playdough a lovely silky feel.


Store your playdough in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

And, of course, remember your Kiddies Food Kutter makes a great playdough cutting, hacking & shaping tool!