Mum shares her DIY Play-Doh recipe that you can make in the slow-cooker

omg 20/03/2020

Keeping the kids occupied without spending a fortune on toys can be difficult. Thankfully, a mum on Facebook has shared a money-conscious way to keep the kids playing for hours, all using ingredients you probably already have. 

Posting to the Facebook group Slow Cooker Recipe & Tips, the mum shared her genius tip to make home-made Play-Doh in your slowcooker. And the best part is: you’ll only need six basic ingredients. 

The recipe recommends combining flour, salt and cream of tartar together and in a separate bowl mixing oil, water and food colouring.

Then you just combine the wet and dry ingredients, chuck them in the slow cooker with the temperature set to high for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring it often. 

Once the dough’s ready, you can add a sprinkling of glitter, kneading it in to make sure it is completely combined – and then it’s good to go.

Fellow group members seemed to be impressed with the recipe, with the post receiving hundreds of likes and comments. 

So get the kids’ creative juices flowing, or your own if you’re after some stress relief. Check out the recipe below and give it a go for yourself:


  • 2 cups flour

  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 4 tbsp cream of tartar

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • 1-2 tsp food colouring


Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a bowl.

In a separate bowl combine the water, oil and food colouring.

Pour the dry ingredients mix into the slow cooker bowl, add wet ingredients mix and combine thoroughly.

Place tea towel under lid and cook on HIGH for 45-60mins, stirring often for the first half hour of cooking time, then once or twice for the remainder.

Dough will be done when it forms and no longer sticks to the sides of your slow cooker.

You can test this by taking a small amount out, forming it into a ball and cooling in a freezer for a few minutes. You'll know it's ready when it doesn't stick to your fingers as you handle it. This small test ball can then be returned to the mix.

Remove complete mix from slow cooker, knead and place in container to cool.

When cool, store in the fridge in your plastic airtight container.

This makes 1kg of play dough.

Vary the colours you use to make various coloured doughs. Add glitter for extra sparkle if desired.