Autumn scented, no-cook, sensory playdough

September 11, 2016


There are literally hundreds of play dough recipes out there these days, probably even thousands. Some work really well, others not so much, so I thought it would be fun to add another one to the mix.

We’ve made our own play-dough before and it’s turned out very well so today we changed it up a bit and gave it more of an autumnal feel. Most recipes you will find follow the same basic ingredients with variations on ratios and then with different twists to give extra scents, textures, shine, elasticity etc but here is how we do it.img_0740

What you’ll need.

  • ½ cup of salt
  • 1&½ cups hot/boiling water
  • 2 cups flour (plain works best but as you’re not cooking it, it doesn’t really matter)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar (these can be bought in pre-measured sachets – in which case you want 2 sachets)
  • 3 or 4 drops glycerine
  • Food colouring (I used warm autumn colours – red, orange, yellow)
  • Ground autumnal spices (I used cinnamon, ginger and cloves – would also have used nutmeg if I had any.)

How to make it

  • Combine the salt, flour, vegetable oil, cream of tartar and glycerine.
  • Slowly add in the water in parts until it forms a dough that is quite sticky
  • Separate into however many colours/flavours you are doing.
  • Add in food colouring and spices to your own preference.
  • Knead for 5 to 10 mins until it’s cool and you are happy.

**I used Tesco’s own brand liquid food colouring which I found to be a bit weak so to get the right colour, it made it more sticky. To counter this, add more flour.
Likewise, if your dough becomes too dry, add more water.


How you play with your dough is only limited by your imagination.
We did give some to Paisley in her high chair but she seemed very insistent on eating it (she’s only 8 months). Swallowing small amounts would’ve been ok but that’s all she wanted to do so in the end we just gave her some cookie cutters to play with.
Dexter was making a lot of ‘biscuits’ but he did make some letters from his name too. He enjoyed using various cutters to make different shapes and patterns. 

Let me know if you give this recipe a go. Have fun!





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  • Reply The Tale of Mummyhood September 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    This is a brilliant idea, my eldest is 15 months so I will definitely be making her some!


    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 14, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      It smells so good! Enjoy it

  • Reply Mum in Brum September 14, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve never tried to make my own, but to be honest didn’t realise it was so easy. I love this idea and it would be perfect for my little one as she’s always trying to eat ours – which isn’t edible! x #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 14, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      I remember my Mum making it when I was little, I used to think she was magic haha

  • Reply Helen Gandy September 16, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Love this Leslie, I really like the idea of making it scented!! Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 17, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Oh, it smells so gooood!

  • Reply Ky October 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Love the idea of making it yourself, and it seems fairly easy to do. Definitely going to try it out. #eatsleepblogRT

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 11, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Yeah, when I first made it I was amazed at how easy it actually was!

  • Reply donna October 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I want to make it just so i can smell it! #EatSleepBlogRT

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 11, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Hahaha it does smell good to be fair!

  • Reply New Mummy Blog October 13, 2016 at 7:45 am

    That’s a great idea! #eatsleepblogrt

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 13, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Petite Pudding October 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    what a fab idea – I need to roll up my Mummy sleeves and make some for the kids this weekend #eatsleepblogrt

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 13, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Get your pinny on! Haha, its such good fun and it needs kneading first so you get to play too before the kids get hold of it!

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