This super-easy playdough recipe is the perfect way to spend a rainy lockdown afternoon. It’s quick enough to hold a young child’s attention and you only need a few storecupboard ingredients. Little hands can play with the results straightaway, so there’s immediate gratification for all involved!


Makes 1 coloured ball
Prep 10 minutes


You will need

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml warm water
  • food colouring
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil



1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.


2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.


3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.


4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.


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