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Playdough Recipe


No cooking Playdough Recipe


2 x cups of plain flour

2 x cups of hot water

2 x tablespoons of oil (can be cooking oil or baby oil)

1/2 a cup of table salt

Colouring as required 

You can also add spices or glitter to your mix if you would like to.


Simply add all of these ingredients together and  mix until it becomes stiff, then turn the mixture out onto a flat surface and knead until smooth.



Playdough is a very important resource in the Early Year Foundation Stage, it helps children develop their fine motor control and enables them to use  their imagination. It can also be used to support the children in all areas of learning.


This recipe is the one  we use in school and if it is stored in an airtight container or food bag can last up to a week before it starts to dry out.


It would be great to see some pictures of your homemade playdough!!


Some ideas on what to do with playdough: 

  • Putting things into playdough like buttons, sequins, gems etc and then getting your child to pick them out of the playdough
  • Using playdough to make numbers or sounds. You could even write your name with playdough!
  • Counting out a particular number of objects 
  • Creating characters to make their own story
  • Using cookie cutters to make different shapes
  • Cutting playdough with scissors or a knife and fork. This is a great one to develop their precision with cutting
  • Roll into balls or different shapes
  • Join in with playdough disco via YouTube (there are a few linked below)




'I like to' playdough action song

Playdough finger exercises to Twinkle twinkle little star

Playdough finger movements to '5 dinosaurs' nursery rhyme.

Dough Disco to Incy Wincy Spider Nursery Rhyme

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