Microwave Play Dough

Play dough is kind of awesome...making your own at home is a great treat for kids (and so simple you can probably let them do it on their own!).


Want to make some play dough for (or with) your littles? This is a great recipe that only takes ten minutes to make!

Microwave-safe bowl with lid (if you don’t have a lid you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap)
1 cup (120 g) all-purpose (plain) flour
1⁄2 cup (120 g) salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup (240 ml) water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Food colouring (you could also use powdered fruit drink crystals for a scented/colorful play dough)
Wooden spoon
Airtight container

Ingredient Fact: Cream of Tartar
Cream of tartar is a white, crystal powder. It comes from countries where wine is made. The crystals are formed naturally in wine barrels after grape juice has fermented into wine. Cream of tartar has no smell and tastes acidic. It is an ingredient in baking powder.




Measure and pour the flour, salt, and cream of tartar into a microwave-safe bowl. Stir everything together well with a spoon.

Mix in the water and oil, add four drops of food colouring, and then stir again. Put the lid on the bowl (or cover with plastic wrap/cling film) and ask an adult to help you to microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Stop for safety! Ask an adult to help you to use the microwave.

Carefully take the bowl out of the microwave, and then, carefully again, take the lid or plastic wrap/cling film off the bowl, avoiding any hot steam which might escape. Stir with a spoon. Put the lid or plastic wrap back on the bowl and return it to the microwave for another 30 seconds on high. If the play dough is still sticky, microwave it again for another 30 seconds. Let it cool.

Knead and play!

When you’re done playing, store the play dough in an airtight container. To help clean up the bowl, soak it in water for a while before cleaning.

DO NOT EAT Microwave Play Dough (it is not food).

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