Playdough Recipe requested after Play Day success

on Thursday, 02 August 2018. Posted in Events

Trowbridge Museum and Town Hall Arts bring Play Day to Trowbridge

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, held on the first Wednesday in August each year.

This year Trowbridge celebrated Play Day with a range of free activities provided by Town Hall Arts and Trowbridge Museum at the Town Hall, in Market Street Trowbridge.

Around 150 children joined in with cardboard castle building; traditional games like bagatelle, bar skittles, shove ha’penny and hop scotch; creative fun with chalk, playdough and water, plus artist Jennie Quigley provided face painting, which kept her busy all morning.

Philippa Edwards of Town Hall Arts believes that it is important to allow children space to play creatively together, she says “We held our first Playday event last year and we had over 100 children come to join in the fun. I think that having a free event with space to experiment and basic materials in plentiful supply really fires the imagination of young people."

David Birks, Learning and Outreach Officer for Trowbridge Museum says “People have always played with toys and games, there are lots of examples dolls, balls and boards games dating back to ancient Egypt, in Museums.2 They brought some of their favourite old games (Victorian rather than Ancient Egyptian) including bagatelle which is "seriously addictive" and shove ha’penny which is "devilishly hard".

Playday at Town Hall Arts was sponsored by West Wiltshire Micros and Wilko, both businesses are based in Trowbridge.

Here is the much requested recipe to make your own Playdough:


Playdough Recipe



1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
½ cup salt
1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
1 cup plain flour


Put the water, oil, salt and cream of tartar into a pan and heat until just short of boiling point.

Remove from the heat and stir in the flour.

Beat until mixed and then turn out onto a board and knead until smooth (you may need to let it cool a little first).

While kneading you can add in food colouring and/or essential oils if you want it to smell nice.

Store in an airtight container or plastic bag.

It should keep for about a month. We found that if you are scaling up you can halve the amount of salt you need.