How to Make Easy Play Dough at home

How to Make Easy Play Dough at home

Stuck in with the kids? Why not make your own play dough?

Play dough is a fab sensory toy for younger kids. Get creative and make your own shapes and designs. Not only is it fun, but it's also great for exercising toddlers hands and fingers, which is fabulous prep for when they learn to draw and write.

This easy recipe doesn't require any cooking, and has ingredients that most of us have in the cupboard. It doesn't take long and the kids can help out too.


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 11/2 cups salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup water
  • food colouring


  1. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl
  2. In a separate jug or bowl add the water, your food colouring and 2 tablespoons of oil
  3. Pour the liquid into the flour mix and stir
  4. Once the dough is the correct consistency (not too wet), squeeze the dough together to form a ball
  5. Add a little flour to a work-surface and need the play-dough until it's a smooth texture.
  6. Once made keep the dough in a ziplock bag or cling firm in the fridge.

If you want different colours divide the mixture equally into different bowls - 1 for each colour. You can also add a few drops of essential oil if you wanted scented dough too.