Slow Cooker Play Dough


April 12, 2015

Slow Cooker Play Dough 5 0 5 50
  • 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


71 Reviews


June 11, 2022

Love how easy this is to make.
I went with colouring once made so we have a variety of colours. (really need to make sure i get some gloves before I make another batch. )
Love how soft it feels 😊


April 25, 2022

East to make and feels wonderful

Helen Longsdon

March 13, 2022

I have just made this and I substituted cream of tartar for lemon juice ratio of 1/2 teaspoon of tartar to 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. And I reduced the water I think I a bit to much as went quite dry quite quickly. I added some more water and stirred/kneaded about 20 mins in. Came together nicely. I added colouring at the end of cooking which was about 35 mins . I also had it on high for first 10 mins them put it to low for reminder of cooking . I also added some more oil after cooking when I was kneading it. Will definitely be making some more. Alot easier then on the stove.


March 8, 2022

Such a fantastic recipe. Love it and the play dough is so soft.

Kylie V

February 10, 2022

It is seriously the best playdough, so silky and smooth. I’ve made a lot of playdough in my time, but not much recently. When I saw this recipe, I had to try it. After a small test run by my big kids (young adults) who loved it, I gifted it to families with small children & they have been amazed at its texture & how well it lasts.

Alanna Thorp

December 17, 2021

Best and easiest play dough ever.
Made 2 batches and 4 different colours.
Placed all ingredients (except for colouring) in the slow cooker, stirred every 10 minutes. Only took 45 mins (per batch). Once ready I Kneaded play dough and then cut each batch in 2 and coloured and kneaded with colouring (wearing disposable gloves. I used icing colouring as it’s what I had. Made Pink, Purple, Blue and Green. – Awesome recipe, Thankyou.


July 30, 2021

This play doigh is AMAZING! So easy – I completely forgot I put it on, so didn’t stir it at all and left it in there for longer than an hour and it still turned out perfect. I madee it without the food colouring then broke it into 4 sections after cooking and each of my kids then chose a colour to kneed into the dough

Angie Schmidt

June 16, 2021

Definitely the best playdoh recipe I’ve tried. Great texture and lasts for ages!!


June 14, 2021

I love this playdough recipe. Made this for my two special needs kids during the first lockdown in May 2020. It’s been used during all our homeschooling and with our carer for therapy for a year and it’s still soft and silky. It’s the best playdough we have ever had and I don’t have to worry if they eat some.

Sarah-jane Howard

June 12, 2021

My daughter and I made this playdough and absolutely love it! Very simple to make and is so soft and smooth to play with. We’ve made a couple of batches now and it always turns out perfect!


June 12, 2021

Easy to make. If you store it in an airtight container it lasts for over 1yr!


June 12, 2021

This is the BEST playdoh I’ve ever made and used. It’s so silky smooth and long lasting. I made a batch for a Frozen themed birthday party. Kept it white and added lots of glitter. It was a big hit with all of the children.

Kate Lord

January 23, 2021

i made it today, i cooked it for an hour and it only got stired once and it turned out ok… i got nap-trapped with my toddler!


January 17, 2021

Lovely to touch Play-Doh!
Made this for my son and have had it well over a year now. We just keep it in the fridge in sandwich bags. I also added a few drops of lavender so it smells relaxing when you play with it. Would love to add glitter next time

Alice Donegan

January 17, 2021

The very best play dough , makes a huge batch and is so silky and easy to make. You’ll never want to use another recipe or buy play dough again once you w tried it. Someone gave my kid some bought stuff for Christmas and he said it felt yucky because he’s so used to how brilliant this is. Love love love it.


January 13, 2021

Play dough easy to make turned out amazing

Amy Wray

December 28, 2020

Absolutely love this recipe, so easy and keeps the kids entertained for hours!

Most do it in a standard 6L but smaller would work ok it’s just that times vary 🙂

Kelli Foulstone

December 5, 2020

What size slow cooker is ideal for this please?


November 7, 2020

Was nervous to try & make this, but it was super easy & turned out really well, so soft & squishy. A little sticky until it cooled a bit then kneeded with some flour!

Kelly Leitch

August 23, 2020

This is amazing. So soft and smooshy. It doesn’t crumble and crack like other recipes and the colour is vibrant. It is So easy to make .
Side note. I told my 3yr old daughter she could have any colour she wanted, she chose brown lol. She loves it, I’ll never need to buy store bought again 👌👏

Tea Lea

August 21, 2020

Seriously, the best playdough recipe in the world!!! First attempt and it’s seriously dummy proof 😛
Things to note:
– Plain flour
– It took my slowcooker 48mins (Kmart brand)
– Divided into 4 balls at end then kneeded in the colours

Rhiannon Landaverde

April 24, 2020

Wow. I have made many versions of playdo ugh. In the thermomix, on the stove top and obviously have bought ALOT of stuff from the shops, and this by far is the best! My slowcooker only took about 40 minutes to make on high,stirring regularly. I used coconut oil that was put of date abd added the food colouring to the wet ingredients. It makes a tonne!

Teresa Martin

April 21, 2020

Absolutely perfect every time. We love making this play dough, it is the softest and fluffiest ever. Last for ages too

Jo Allen

April 20, 2020

It turns out as a perfect play doh but bit weird towards the end


April 18, 2020

I love this recipe! I can put it on and leave it while I cook or bath the kids…I put the food colouring at the start and find it comes out so much brighter! Also lasts so much longer then the stove top version and softer!
I find it comes out sticky (maybe I’m not cooking quite long enough?) but a knead on a floured surface and it’s perfect! I made 4 double batches yesterday and doubling it was fine.


January 12, 2020

This is a fab school hols activity to do with the kids!!I will be wearing gloves next time I knead the food colouring into the mixture haha


January 12, 2020

Awesome school hols activity!!! Very easy to make with the kids!! Just remember use gloves when mixing in the food colouring!! 👍👍


December 9, 2019

This is the best play dough I’ve ever made… so smooth and silky and lasts for such a long time. I have made at least 3 lots and kept in a ziploc bag lasts for at least 9 months.

Colleen Marslen

December 8, 2019

Really the best play dough ive ever come across. So smooth and soft, even after (accidentally) leaving it in a ziplock bag in my sons room for 6 months — still completely perfect to use.

Mia Petropoulos

June 29, 2019

Made my first batch today and i am in love

We find it definitely keeps best (for months)in the fridge


May 30, 2019

Does this have to be kept in the fridge or will just an airtight container be ok being we are coming into winter weather?? Thanks

Not silly at all to ask 🙂
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 🙂 Took 45 mins tops to make and is going to bring endless hours of joy to my day care children 🙂


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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Kelly Heywood

March 26, 2016

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

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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