Sensory play – easy recipe for homemade playdough. 

Homemade playdough recipe. 

Homemade playdough

In our house we love sensory play; firstly, because it is fun for everyone involved and also because it helps my little girl learn about the world and how she can interact with it.

Sensory play has helped my little girl develop in many ways: in her relationship with food due to learning about texture, her fine motor skills in her ability to use her hands and also for her to learn more about the world around her are but a few examples.

There are many different types of sensory activities but my little girls favourite activities are messy ones that require touching and feeling. We have just tried homemade playdough for the first time now she is 18 months old because she has stopped putting most things in her mouth at this stage and has started to understand the word “no” (most of the time).



Homemade playdough ingredients

  • 1 cup plain flour.
  • 2 tablespoons oil.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 1/2 cup salt.
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar.
  • Few drops of food colouring.


1.) Mix all the ingredients together in a microwaveable bowl.

Homemade playdough
2.) Microwave for 2 minutes.

3.) Remove from microwave and stir well.

Homemade playdough

4.) Microwave for a further 1 minute.

Homemade playdough
5.) Turn out into a counter and knead it together well (Careful it may still be hot). Microwave times vary so microwave for a further minute if it is still runny.

Homemade playdough

6.) Allow to cool, then play with your fresh homemade playdough.

Homemade playdough

We did not have any special playdough tools so I just rummaged about and found some objects she could use as tools which were sufficient for her to play.

Homemade playdough

Our homemade playdough was a big success by keeping her entertained for 30 minutes (30 toddler hours) and I really enjoyed playing with her.

Please note that this recipe for playdough is only taste safe and should not be eaten due to the salt content. My little girl just licked it and decided she didn’t like the taste so didn’t put any more in her mouth.

Next time I make it I will add some more food colouring as I only used 2 drops of pink colouring for a pale pink colour but I think my girl would enjoy a darker colour to play with as she likes bright colours.

The homemade playdough should keep for ages in an air tight container so we will be using it again and again now I know she enjoys it. It will make a good rainy day activity to keep her entertained too.


Please have adult supervision for this activity at all times as playdough can be a choking hazard and shouldn’t be used by small children who like to eat everything. Also if your child has food intolerances to any of the ingredients do not use this recipe. 


What are your little ones favourite sensory activity? Please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

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