How to use playdough to entertain your little one while travelling

Playdough is a great entertainer while travelling, plus it has developmental benefits!

For babies, squishing, squeezing, pulling and smashing is excellent for building little muscles in the hands.

For older toddlers, you can add a mini rolling pin and some dough shapes. Not only does this add to the fun, but you can also chat with them about shape recognition and boost their creativity.

On a plane, it is easy enough to use some hand sanitizer and wet wipes to wipe down the tray table for your little one to play on. In the car, you can get tray tables with legs on them to put over your little one’s lap.

If you make your own playdough, you’ll know exactly what went into it so you won’t worry so much if it ends up in a curious mouth!.

For more travel entertainment tips for babies and toddlers, read our article here.

Here is a great recipe to try…

Playdough playing

Homemade Playdough (5 servings)

You will need:

2 cups flour
2 ½ tbsp. oil (vegetable, olive or coconut oil)
½ cup salt (or less)
2 tbsp cream of tartar (in baking section at grocery store)
1½ cup boiling water

Optional – food colouring, essences, glitter


  • In a large bowl, add the salt, cream of tartar and oil to boiled water.
  • Stir until the salt has dissolved.
  • Add the flour and mix until the dough forms.
  • Leave to cool.
  • After it cools, put on a pair of gloves to prevent staining your hands and drop in a few drops of food colouring. Separate the dough if you want to make more than one colour with this batch.
  • Mix well and cover with a dishcloth.
  • Let it rest for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Store in Ziploc bags or Tupperware (can last up to 12 months!)