How to Make Microwave Playdough.

Today is a rainy day and we’re looking for something fun to do indoors. So we decided to make playdough. I usually make it on the hob but as I wanted my 5 year old to help I decided on the microwave version instead.

For this recipe you’ll need/

  • Tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • Few drops of food colouring and/or scent of choice.
  • You can add cream of tartare to add softness but we didn’t use it and it’s still squidgy.

1. Add the dry ingredients together in a microwaveable bowl.

2. Add the wet ingredients and mix well.

3. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes then stir and heat for further 1 minute (or more until it looks like playdough).

4. Flour the surface and tip playdough onto board. Wait till cool enough to touch and knead the dough.

There’s lots of fun ways to explore playdough. As it’s Autumn I added some natural world bits as well as wooden leaves from the craft box (covered in cellotape so easy to clean and reuse the leaves). We made acorns, hedgehog using broke up sticks and compared the prints from different pine cones and seed shells.

Then J got his skylanders down and we were looking at the prints made from the bottom of them. It may have been a different a direction than I thought but it was fun.

Other ideas for play:

  • Use play kitchen (or real) cooking utensils to create play food for a restaurant.
  • Cookie cutters to make shapes.
  • Find items around house to ‘print’ or dry leaves.
  • Drive vehicles through it and talk about how many wheel prints there are. Role by as stuck in the muck and how can they get vehicle out.
  • Do some ‘Dough Disco’ dance moves
  • Look on Pinterest for Playdough Mats (printables you can laminate to create pictures or as learning tool)


The playdough is now in a sealed tub in fridge so we can play again. The salt is a great preservative but I tend to throw it out after a week or so.

It’s much quicker and easier to make playdough than you might think. It’s a great resource as you can link it to most themes/seasons/celebrations by adding different colours and smells.

Have you made playdough before? Any playdough ideas or suggestions you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments or come find us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ooo you can leave the cream of tartar out! I’m absolutely trying to make an autumnal playdough this way!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mummyest2014 says:

      I only found it out as I kept forgetting to buy it and found it works just as well without x

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  2. MamatoMoomin&Bear says:

    Must try this over half term

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Definately do, it was so easy x


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