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How To Make Homemade Playdough


Updated May 10, 2003

Creating with clay products is a wonderful developmental play task for young children, enhancing their fine motor skills. Plus it's fun! Make your own play dough at home.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour, 1/2 cups salt, 3 tablespoons oil and 1 cup water. Mix well.
  2. If desired, divide dough into four portions.
  3. Add food coloring to tint each portion as desired.
  4. Play! Mold and shape to your heart's content.


  1. This is temporary play dough; it will dry out. Add more water if necessary, but plan to throw the whole mess away when playtime is over.
  2. Food coloring can stain; use caution.
  3. Although nontoxic, this playdough doesn't taste good, so remind kids that it is not edible.

What You Need

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring
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