5 Minute Play Dough Recipe

Molly loves Play Dough, it is without a doubt one of her favourite activities.

To pull on her creative side and to save on some pennies, today we made our own Play Dough with this simple and quick recipe.



1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 a cup of water
food colouring of choice


In a mixing bowl, mix the salt, flour and water until it becomes a thick, smooth consistency.
Split the mixture into four separate smaller bowls and in each bowl add a few drops of food colouring.
Mix the colouring in until all the dough has changed colour.
Add a sprinkle more flour if needed so the dough is not sticky.

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Of course if you let your child do all the work be prepared for some mess, Molly went overboard with the flour!


The dough should last several months if kept in an air tight container.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is completely safe to eat (although not recommended) should your little one place some in their mouths, which young children often do!

We got out some shape cutters, or biscuit shapes would also work and set to play. Molly also played with her plastic cutlery with her home-made dough as she rolled out sausage shapes and cut it up naming it various foods. It also makes some really pretty patterns when different coloured dough mixes together.



I think this recipe is really great as it literally costs pence, especially compared to normal Play Dough, and you can make it out of general house hold foods found in the cupboard and can play using every day utensils, so you don’t even need to purchase any extra materials.

It was a complete success with Molly and really enjoyable for her to make.