Never Fails Play Dough Recipe

Here's a Play Dough Recipe that Always Works!

Over the years, I've often been asked for a play dough recipe. Not just a recipe for any play dough, but for the type that is soft and absolutely irresistible.

It's the sort of dough that you just have to touch and mould and squeeze.

Here's a recipe that I've always found to work ... and it's really easy!

This play dough recipe does NOT require any cooking but it IS a cooked dough. Sound confusing? It's not really.

The key is in the water. It needs to be boiling hot. Because of the water temperature, this is an adults-only cooking experience. Children can measure and help stir only up until before the water is added.

Ingredients For This Play Dough Recipe

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • Food colouring
  • Essence (If you want to add extra sensory stimulation - e.g., lemon essence, orange, essence, etc.)
  • 6 tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of oil (cooking or olive oil)
  • 3 cups of boiling water

Method for Making Play Dough

    1. Sieve all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
    Never Fails Play Dough Recipe

    Note: I always sift the dry ingredients or the play dough may end up with lumps.

    2. Add a few drops of food colouring (add essence if it is being used)
    Never Fails Play Dough Recipe
    (For this batch of play dough, we only used orange essence and no food colouring)

    3. Carefully add the boiling water and stir the mixture.
    Note: It is essential that the water has just been boiled as it is the heat in the water that cooks the dough.
    Never Fails Play Dough Recipe

    4. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens and clumps together.
    Never Fails Play Dough Recipe

    5. Tip the dough onto a bench and knead until smooth.
    Never Fails Play Dough Recipe

    Note: Take care with this as the dough will be very, very hot!

    6. Once the dough has cooled a little, it's ready to play with.

Easy to Clean Up Play Dough

The thing I like about this recipe is that there's no pot to scrub at the end of the making session. Just one bowl, without all the "cooked on" dough to scrub off.

However, if you'd prefer not to work with boiling water, the recipe will work equally well with all the ingredients being placed in a pot and cooked on the stove until the play dough comes together.

Storing Play Dough

Keep this dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will literally last for many weeks.

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