Playdough Revival! – Simple Microwave Playdough Recipe.

Simple microwave play dough recipe

Trying to keep all the Picklebums entertained on a day when it is either too hot or too wet to go outside (and we’ve had both since new years!) isn’t always easy. But sometimes I forget the joy of simple things…

It had been so long since we’d made playdough, and if I remember rightly that might have had something to do with Muski eating a large amount of play dough last time. Not to mention sticking it in some rather inconvenient places and the mess… ah yes the mess. But I am getting over myself when it comes to mess (I do have a fancy new vac these days and that helps) and well everyone is older and wiser and more annoying…. So we made playdough.

I went with the quick and easy microwave recipe –

Simple Microwave Playdough Recipe

2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
4 table spoons of cream of tar tar
2 table spoons of oil
2 cups of water
colouring – food dye or paint.

Mix together all of the above ingredients and zap it in the microwave on a medium-high setting for about 2 minutes. Stir the mixture well and pop it back in for another minute. Check and stir it again, see how it is getting all doughy and cooked like? Pinch a bit between your fingers (careful – it’s hot) if it’s still sticky pop it back in for another 30 seconds and stir again. I usually find this is enough, but keep zapping and stirring until your dough is smooth and not sticky or wet. Allow to cool a little them dump it out for a quick knead.

This makes enough for my three to have a good lump each. Half this recipe is probably enough for two and more than enough for one. It’s not as lovely and smooth as the cooked on the stove dough, but it’s a lot less stirring. And don’t worry leave the microwave container to soak in some warm water and the horrible looking mess comes of quiet easily.

Simple microwave play dough recipe

Even the big girls played for ages. See sometimes it is the old, tried and true simple things that are often the best!

If your kids love play dough as much as mine, then check out the Homemade Play Dough Recipe book (affiliate link – I get a percentage of sales if you buy via this link). It’s full of fabulous, doable, home made play dough recipes and ideas.

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  1. says

    my girls love play dough too.another easy way to make it, is to use boiling water instead of cooking it…..sounds horrid.but it works!!

  2. says

    You’re right about the mess. Picking it out from between decking boards can be tedious to say the least. But they do love it. Thanks for reminding me!

  3. Stitch Sista says

    We had the homemade playdough out just this morning! So much nicer than the store bought.

    I actually don’t find it that messy, but I do keep the kids confined to the table!

  4. says

    Mine are a bit old for playdough now… although they used to love my home-made stuff. They loved it too much actually. Boo would sneakily eat it!!! Despite all the salt! (or perhaps because of all the salt!)

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