Keepsake playdough recipe

Kids adore playdough: it bends to their will and they can create any shapes and forms they want.  This playdough recipe dries hard so it’s great for older kids who want to create a permanent keepsake from their creations.

What you need:

  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 + 1/4 cups of water
  • A large non-stick saucepan

Number of players:


Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat until it thickens.

Once it has thickened, turn it out onto the bench (wait for it to cool a bit first) and knead it until it becomes smooth and supple.

Form the dough into shapes and creations and allow them to dry in the air.

Once the models are hard, you can paint them.


  • You can make things like gingerbread men, photo frames, brooches, food for tea parties and so much more.
  • When painting your creations, use acrylic paints finished off with varnish to seal the model and stop it rotting.  Or you can use enamel paints but they take longer to dry and are not washable, so they’ll stain clothes.

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