Slow Cooker Play Dough


April 12, 2015

Slow Cooker Play Dough 5 0 5 26
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • 10 mins

    45 mins

    55 mins

  • Yields: Makes 1kg


2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

4 tbsp cream of tartar

2 cups water

2 tbsp oil

1-2 tsp food colouring


1Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in a bowl.

2In a separate bowl combine the water, oil and food colouring.

3Pour dry ingredients mix into the slow cooker bowl, add wet ingredients mix and combine thoroughly.

4Place 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 remaining cooking time.

5Dough will be done when it forms and no longer sticks to the sides of your slow cooker.

6You can test this by taking a small amount out, form into ball and cool in freezer for a few minutes. When it's ready this won't stick to your fingers when you handle it. This small test ball can then be returned to the mix.

7Remove complete mix from slow cooker, knead and place in container to cool.

8When cool, store in fridge in your plastic air tight container.

9This makes 1kg of play dough.

10Vary the colours you use to make various coloured doughs. Add glitter for extra sparkle if desired.

Submitted by Simon Christie


38 Reviews

Not silly at all to ask πŸ™‚
I’ve found this comment for you from below >>

“I made this all plain colour then divided into 4 afterward and kneaded in the colour. Worked amazing!!”


October 15, 2018

Hey guys. This is probably a really silly question but for more than one colour do you just leave the food colouring out and need it into the dough once done?

Caitlin Platz

July 24, 2018

Easy enough recipe to follow and it makes such a silky and smooth play dough. I cooked mine for 60 mins total and when I took it out I don’t think it was quite ready as it was still rather sticky. I added a sprinkle of flour while kneading and it turned out great!

Anthea Hill

July 13, 2018

I made this for my prep class. Took just over an hour and I found I needed to let it cool before I could knead it. I added glitter to make it a bit more special.


July 2, 2018

Made the play dough for the first time and it was perfect


July 2, 2018

Made six colours today! So soft and the kids were kept busy for hours!!! Easy to make.

Melissa Wykes

July 2, 2018

It lasts so much longer!! And so much smoother. I’ll be making some more for sure!

Michelle blake

July 2, 2018

Great easy recipe. Will be making again


June 24, 2018

If you add a few drops of lavender oil as you kneed playdough it can make a nice calming activity in the late afternoon early evening leading into bedtime.


May 5, 2018

I made this play dough in the Christmas holidays (about January) and it’s only just starting to go crusty now. (May)


May 5, 2018

Absolutely love this recipe easy at make and easy to clean and no messy or dyed hands

Catherine Francis

April 18, 2018

Awesome play dough recipe … I make this every term for my class and it lasts for ages


April 16, 2018

This is the best! So cheap and easy too make!


April 7, 2018

Great recipe. Lasts forever. I added lavener oil while kneading. Smells great and has a calming effect.

Jodie Leemhuis

March 7, 2018

Absolutely fantastic recipe, thanks so much for sharing Simon πŸ™‚ Took 45 mins tops to make and is going to bring endless hours of joy to my day care children πŸ™‚


January 13, 2018

Turned out perfect!

So easy to make!

Will make again 😊


December 16, 2017

Super easy, the kids loved it the texture is amazing nice and silky smooth, i definitely recommend it for others to try πŸ™‚

Tanya Nyhus

December 14, 2017

I have tried a few recipes in the past, and this was by far the easiest. I didn’t stir it all that frequently (my 2 year old demands so much attention!), but it still turned out fabulous. So silky and smooth, without the overpowering scent that so many play doughs tend to have. This will be a regular at our house πŸ™‚

Linda Campbell

December 12, 2017

The easiest playdough i have ever made. My 10yr old loves playing with it still!

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 12, 2017

We use whatever oil we have on hand, usually canola or vegetable oil


December 12, 2017

What kind of oil is best to use?


August 11, 2017

Can this recipe be doubled or tripled? I would like to make enough play dough for a class of 10.


July 18, 2017

I may just be a little two excited about this! It worked so well, and was so easy. I’ll always do it this way now. Thanks for the recipe

Kimberly Binkowski

April 17, 2017

Great recipe and so easy. Love the bright colours I’m able to make

Tania Rainbow

March 25, 2017

Tried this today in my 1.5l cooker. Halved the recipe and substituted the cream of tartar with white vinegar and reduced the water to compensate for the extra liquid. Cooked a little quicker than stated. Feels really nice – soft and smooth. My son loves play-doh, so can see I will be making this regularly!


March 22, 2017

This is most definitely the best I’ve ever made! I’ve tried so many different recipes & methods and this is the best!! I’ve been making it weekly for about 8 months now between my kids and my sons preschool and now kindergarten

Clare Kite

September 4, 2016

So easy, and soooo good! One very impressed 3 year old and mum!


June 19, 2016

Great recipe
So soft and makes the perfect amount to make 6 colours


June 17, 2016

Makes terrific play dough. Cooked in 20 min for me so be sure to keep an eye on it

Amy Welsh

May 31, 2016

Great recipe! Works really well!!


May 11, 2016

I made this all plain colour then divided into 4 afterward and kneaded in the colour. Worked amazing!! I couldn’t believe how well it turned out and also how well it has lasted


April 18, 2016

Hi… If I half the ingredients will it take half the time to cook or roughly same? Thanks! I just don’t need so much πŸ™‚

Kelly Heywood

March 26, 2016

First time making Play Dough ever and i was very impressed. So much softer than store bought. Recommended 100% πŸ™‚

Joanne Caird

February 27, 2016

We used to make this for the kids to play with at REGENCY PARK CENTRE FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN and it is the nest silky smoothest play dough ever. Definitely a fan.


February 26, 2016

looks good will try

Colleen Manning

February 26, 2016

I trained as a Kindergarten teacher many moons ago and over those years have tried many recipes…..but this is undoubtedly the best recipe. The texture is fantastic and it does last for a long long period….a childs delight….and adult too….so soothing.

Kellie Clark

February 26, 2016

I love this play dough! It’s the best I have ever made! It’s so silky and feels beautiful, and it really does last for ages!!

Daina Erhardt

January 11, 2016

Fantastic and easy recipe to follow, however maybe an add on into the recipe letting people know that the mixture will go lumpy before it all cooks, and that’s fine. Maybe even that a wooden or metal spoon would be optimal to use when stirring. But, otherwise, the end product is great – my daughter has barely stopped playing with it since yesterday morning!

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