Super Simple Play Dough

Soft, squishy and ready for play in five minutes or less! Kneading play dough exercises science learning, small and large motor skills with tactile fun.


This is messy, so prepare yourself, your child and your work area. Check out our FAQ for easy cover-up tips.

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  1. 3 cups flour - Any kind you prefer works. We use bleached flour, like this on Amazon, because it provides a white base for making colored dough. Gluten-free flour like tapioca flour works well too.
  2. 1 cup water
  3. ¼ cup salt
  4. 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil, such as this safflower oil
  5. Plastic or metal bowl - About 7 quarts in size, found here. It's large enough to hold and stir above ingredients
  6. Mixing Spoon
  7. Optional - Liquid food coloring, such as the kind found here. Use at least 30 to 40 drops for light dough coloring
  8. Optional - Fine glitter, like the example here. About 2 teaspoons provides a moderate sparkle per batch. 
  1. Skilly Spark: Talk about each of the ingredients-- How they look, taste, and feel.  Explain that bringing them together will make something totally different, something they can play with.  Also, take the time to talk about how the ingredients look different when they are mixed together.
  2. Start by letting them pour the flour and salt into the bowl. Then, stir them together until they are all mixed in. If you’ve decided to add glitter, stir it right in with your dry ingredients.
  3. Then, have your child add the water first, then the oil. If you’ve chosen to add color, mix the food coloring with water in a separate bowl.  
  4. Keep mixing until things get doughy. Add more water if the mixture is too stiff or add more flour if it’s too sticky.
  5. Lose the spoon and have fun using your bare (and clean!) hands to knead the dough into several balls.
  6. Get right to playing or store your dough in plastic bags or a covered container.  No need to refrigerate.  This can last up to a week and will smell funky when it goes bad.
Keep the fun going
  • Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to make “cookies” for a play picnic.
  • Mix it up even more-- Make one batch of plain dough and one of color, or glitter, your choice!  Just split the dry ingredients into 2 separate bowls and then add your wet ingredients to make two different batches for the price of one.