How to make Play Dough (salt free)

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Recommend for: Cognitive, Fine Motor, Baby, Toddler,


Summary: When children play with play dough they often squeeze and stretch it, as well as poke, twist, pound and roll. This is crucial in the development of their sense of touch and fine motor skills.

Play dough offers many creative possibilities and can be lots of fun for children (and adults). Parents/carers can sit down with young children and show them different ways to manipulate play dough, and encourage them to play with it themselves. Talking with the children about the texture of the play dough can assist their language development.

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ½ cup oil
  • Food colouring
  • Water


  1. Add the oil to the flour and mix thoroughly.
  2. Mix food colouring with water.
  3. Add and mix in enough of the water to make a soft dough.
  4. For an extra kick you can add nutmeg or cinnamon, or food essences such as peppermint or lemon

The advantages of making a home made play dough are its texture and thickness, which you can adjust to your children’s liking, the natural ingredients, as well as the fact that the children can participate in making it.

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