Silky play dough recipe

Silky play dough recipe



  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 180ml (3 tbsp) oil
  • 500ml (2 cups) boiling water
  • food colouring


Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add the oil, mixing to form rough breadcrumbs.

Next add the boiling water and once combined knead the ingredients on a clean surface until they form the silky dough.

Set aside the dough and cover your clean workbench with cling wrap.

Divide silky dough into even portions for colouring.

Add 1/2 tsp food colouring colour at a time –increasing the quantity if needed to make a vibrant, richer colour.

Wearing gloves knead the colouring into the dough.

Use straightaway or put in the fridge for later.

Serving Suggestions


  • Be careful as the boiling water increases the temperature of the dough and can be too hot to hold at times, you may want to use a utensil to do the initial mix.
  • If the dough is too sticky when kneading, add a little flour. If it is too dry, add a little water. These amounts must be minimal additions as it’s best not to upset the balance between ingredient quantities.
  • It is not absolutely necessary to wear gloves, most food colouring washes off with hot soapy water.
  • Store in cling wrap, resealable bags or an airtight container.

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