Homemade playdough – with no cream of tartar!

Homemade playdough – with no cream of tartar

It has been an eternity since I actually sat down and wrote a blog post about something we have made! That’s partly because we don’t often have the time to make things, now that both kids are at school! And partly because life has got in the way of me doing any blogging. We just seem to be permanently busy!

Anyway last week my daughter came home with some homemade playdough that her teacher had given her and informed us we needed to use cream of tartar to make it. Of course then her brother wanted some, and after school one day demanded that we make it.

So we headed over to the local shop, only to be disappointed as they had no cream of tartar.

After some quick internet research, trying to keep out of everyone’s way in the shops aisle(!) we found another simpler recipe for playdough -with no cream of tartar.

We gathered up the ingredients and decided to tweak the recipe a little, using coconut oil and lemon juice to give it a nice scent!

Jack did a lot of the adding and mixing – except when the food colouring came out and then i banished him from touching it!



2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 cup warm water

drops of food colouring

dash of lemon juice

tsp vegetable oil


Mix the flour and salt together.

Mix the coconut oil in with the warm water and add the dash of lemon juice.

Make a well in the centre of the flour/salt mix.

Bit by bit pour in the wet mixture and stir all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

When most of the wet mix is in, you need to get your hands in and get kneading the dough.

After giving it a good knead, make a little well in the centre and add a few drops of the food colouring of your choice.

This recipe makes a decent amount, so we split it into 4 balls and coloured each one slightly differently.

Watch out as the food colouring may stain your hands(!), so wear gloves as you knead in the colour (if you have them), or wash well afterwards!

After we had worked it a little bit, it was feeling a tad dry, so i used a few drops of vegetable oil to moisten it and then kneaded it again until it was all mixed in. 


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