Salt..that little white seasoning we like to add to our dinners, also has its place in the world of craft and play.

It showcases its brilliant talent in the humble homemade play dough recipe. If you have ever hit the net or books looking for a play dough recipe, you’ll know there’s a ton of different {yet similar} recipes around.

If you’re a serious play dough connoisseur, you would have wondered which recipe is the best ? or maybe you don’t care too much and just want to have fun with play dough.

Who could blame you! When we went to play group, normally it was us mum’s left sitting at the table playing with the play dough long after the kids had left : )

Well, in case you did wonder about the best play dough recipe. We tested 5 play dough recipes and also checked out how they fared after a week of laying around.

Playdough Testing

This blog post will be broken into three sections to cut down on the length ~ play dough nominations and their recipes, official testing results and a week later results.

First up…the play dough candidates and their recipes {or play dough Oscar nominees ; )}

Playdough Testing

Thermomix Play dough, No Cook Play Dough, No Salt Play Dough, Classic Play Dough and Pretty Play Dough

Playdough Testing

Thermomix Playdough

250g water

100g cooking salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartare

250g plain flour

20g cooking oil

Food colouring

Put water, salt, cream of tartar, and food colouring in (unless you want to break it down into a few colours then add colouring last step) TM bowl.

Cook for 5 minutes at 60 degree on speed 3.

Add flour and mix for 40 seconds (no temp) or until mixture is combined and thick. No need to cool.

Add oil and for 1-2 minutes on knead/interval speed.

It may look a touch like breadcrumbs but when you take it out and start using it in your hands it soon comes together like normal play dough.

Playdough Testing

Uncooked Play Dough

2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons of ‘cream of tartar’
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of salt
2 cups of boiling water
food colouring

Just pop it all in a mixing bowl and mix!

It looks as though it is not going to mix well at first but hang in there and throw it onto the bench to knead, and it will come together really nicely.

No salt play dough

2 cups of plain flour

½ cup of oil

Food colouring


Add the oil to the flour and mix thoroughly

Mix a few drops of food colouring with water

Add and mix enough of the water to make a soft dough.

{Tip – I had to add extra water/flour to get this play dough to come together}

Playdough Testing

Classic Play dough

1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/2 cup cooking salt

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1 tablespoon of cream of tartar

food colouring

Mix the flour, water, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan over medium heat until thick.

Allow the mixture to cool and then add the oil and knead well over a floured cutting board or similar.

Divide this blob evenly into as many colours as you’d like to make.

Add food colouring to each ball until it is just the colour your child is looking for.

Playdough Testing

Pretty Play Dough

2 cups plain flour

4 tablespoons cream of tartar

2 tablespoons cooking oil

1 cup salt

500ml (2 cups) boiling water


food colouring

a few drops of any essential oil such as peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot, rose, etc.

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix.

It takes a while and may look like it’s not coming together, but hang in there.

Once it’s roughly together, you can throw it on the bench to knead until it’s smooth and silky.

From the Thermomix Recipe Book.

Tomorrow I will share with you our testing results from the official Imogen’s Angels kitchen ; ) and a free printable of all the play dough recipes, perfect for the play group or a home recipe file.

Light, Laughter and having fun with play dough,