How To Make Homemade Play Dough

What Do Children Learn From Playdough?

Fine Motor Skills – As they squish and squeeze the play dough with their hands and use different tools to cut shapes and make marks.

Speech And Language – As you explore the activity together using new and already known vocabulary.

Creativity and Imagination – As the explore the play dough testing their ideas and creating a narrative to their play.

Shape Recognition – As they mould the play dough into different shapes and use different shaped play dough cutters.

Mathematics – As they count how many objects they have created as well as exploring language around size like big and small.

Literacy – As they use the different tools available to leave marks in the play dough.


Use Before
6 Month


Air-tight Container

Mess Scale

6 months


Can Prep
Night Before

How To Make Homemade Playdough

Just Grab

  • 1 ¼ cup or 120g of plain flour
  • ¼ cup or 72g of table salt
  • ½ cup or 115ml of hot water
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • A few drops of food colouring


  1. Place the plain flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and combine.
  2. Add the food colouring to the water and mix. For bright colours, you may need to use more colouring.
  3. Now pour the coloured water and oil into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mix
  4. Once the dough is cool enough, use your hands to knead the playdough until the dough is all one colour and smooth.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Up Playdough After Sensory Play.

Cleaning Up Your Child

Once your child has finished playing, remove any clothes that have playdough on and wash their hands with warm soapy water.

Cleaning Up A Small And Large Tray

Collect any excess playdough and place it in an air-tight container. Then wipe over the tray with an anti-bac wipe.

Cleaning The Surrounding Area

Collect any excess playdough and throw it into the bin, then use an anti-bac wipe to clean the surrounding area.

Playdough Sensory Play Ideas

Play Dough Activity

Play Dough Activity

Play Dough Activity

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