Introduction: Easy, Affordable, Play Dough!

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Play dough is a fun, clay - like substance that kids love! It is very easy to make, and provides hours of fun! It can be expensive to buy at stores, but it's very easy and costs nothing to make it at home! The only materials you will need are:
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
food dye (any color, be creative!)
newspaper to cover the surface you're working on

It only takes about 10 minutes to make

Some credit goes to my younger sister for the help. (most of the pictures are of her.)

Step 1: Set Up

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Find a good work space (I used the floor) and cover it with newspaper. also, find a medium sized bowl for mixing.

Step 2: Add the Ingredients

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Measure out 1 cup of four, and pour it into the bowl.
then, measure out 1/2 cup of salt, and add that to the bowl, too.
lastly, fill the measuring cup with 1/2 cup of water and pour it into the mixing bowl.

Step 3: Mix It!

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take a spoon - any spoon will do; and use it to mix up the ingredients. Mix it until it's mushy and it's neither watery nor flour - y.

Step 4: Color It!

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Add a few drops of food dye to the mush. then pick it up and start kneading it. this is easy, just play around with it. if desired, add more food dye to improve color.

Step 5: Viola!

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You're finished! if it's a little sticky, knead a tiny bit of flour into it. use your imagination! you can make whatever you'd like!

Comments

cool_pants118 (author)2017-12-02

i made this, overall it was good but it was kinda messy and used a lot of my salt i would totally do it again tho!

ChristopherS303 (author)2017-11-28

I caution everyone to use the cooked method! Here is why:

There are websites devoted to “flour crafts,” don’t give your kids raw dough or baking mixes that contain flour to play with. Flour, regardless of the brand, can contain bacteria that cause disease. In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials, investigated an outbreak of infections that illustrated the dangers of eating raw dough. Dozens of people across the country were sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121.

The investigation found that raw dough eaten or handled by some of the patients was made with flour found in subsequent tests by the FDA to have the same bacterium that was making people sick. Ten million pounds of flour were recalled, including unbleached, all-purpose, and self-rising varieties.

Some of the recalled flours had been sold to restaurants that allow children to play with dough made from the raw flour while waiting for their meals. CDC advises restaurants not to give customers raw dough.

“Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” says Leslie Smoot, Ph.D., a senior advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety and a specialist in the microbiological safety of processed foods. So if an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which is then harvested and milled into flour.

Common “kill steps” applied during food preparation and/or processing (so-called because they kill bacteria that cause infections) include boiling, baking, roasting, microwaving, and frying. But with raw dough, no kill step has been used.

Sorry for the book but thought it might be important for the kids!

Elizabeth greenlee (author)2017-02-25

Will garlic salt work

Dewny (author)Elizabeth greenlee2017-07-04

You're kidding, right?

BoondaPhD (author)2017-05-26

The salt sorta ruins the softness

karatedragon6 (author)2014-06-21

i made it but have no images.

by the way i give this instructable no credit because i made it before i saw it

check out my instructable, how to take apart a computer by karatedragon6

by the way add more salt and a little baby powder to make it dry out less
BoondaPhD (author)karatedragon62017-05-24

That's sort of mean

How much salt?

1/2 cup of salt

Shiningstar123 made it! (author)2016-12-13

I made this play dough but still cooked it. It turned out the same way. It's a great recipe. ?

Shiningstar123 made it! (author)2016-12-13

I made this salt dough clay. I just cooked it but turned out the same way. It's a great recipe ?

dombeef (author)2011-07-29

Someone made this before you on instructables, here is the link https://www.instructables.com/id/SALT-DOUGH-CLAY/

It also isnt called play dough, it is called salt dough clay.

JessicaM283 (author)dombeef2016-10-15

Your comment is useful thanks ;)

woodenProjects (author)2016-09-26

Hi, great tutorial. I've made it with my kid.

After
making this play-doh, We created some creatures and then we put them
into oven. After 15 minutes in 200 celsius degrees they become solid as
rock.

I've created the video with tutorial based on Your instructions. I've modified it just only a little.

Lcuccias (author)2016-05-18

How much does it make

AnnaR73 (author)Lcuccias2016-06-11

Recicipe doesnt make much about a cup of dough,we doubled recipie for 2 cups

HussnatheBest made it! (author)2016-05-20

It didn't work the PlayDough was heavy and kept on falling why

AnnaR73 (author)HussnatheBest2016-06-11

I also added a bit of oil and a bit of flour and kneaded it till it was workable ,it was an experience with kids

momof3rs made it! (author)2016-05-01

This is a great recipe for kids. They can help measure and knead, which to them is playing. And then abracadabra...............Play Dough!!!

*I added a teaspoon oil and another 1/4 cup of flour gradually to get a play dough consistency*

HussnatheBest (author)momof3rs2016-05-20

WOW YOURS CAME OUT G

KyleeMay made it! (author)2016-03-24

Awesome Recipe! Turns out great!

KyleeMay made it! (author)2016-03-24

Awesome Recipe! Turns out great!

ManavJ2 (author)2016-02-23

Made it! Don't have images, if too sticky add dough is too dry add water the mixture requires more dough to be properly functional

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

this is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

it is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any more oil

Levi2002 (author)2016-01-30

it is a great recipe i was looking for a play dough recipe without oil and this one doesn't wich is great because i didn't have any more oil

davanz (author)2016-01-17

soooooooooooooooooooooooooo ccccoooooollllllll!!!!!!!

davanz (author)2016-01-17

it actually works!!!!!!!!!! its really cool!!!!!!i love!!!!!!!

WendyB67 (author)2015-12-30

I didn't do pit but I am think of doing it, instead of food dye can I substitute food dye for a cool aid packet?

candy flodin (author)2015-12-30

really good love it\

addiele made it! (author)2015-12-05

I made it and it was so easy i just added 1 tsp of oil before i mixed it. i left it white because gel coloring stains you hands for about a week otherwise Awesome!!

addiele (author)addiele2015-12-05

I also stored the play dough in mason jars

AngelaG32 made it! (author)2015-11-17

Made this it was easy and simple I had rubber gloves and put the white dough in them with the coloring and let the kids mix it they had a blast and they are playing to their hearts content!!! Thank you so much this!!

ShawnaB1 (author)2015-07-08

I've made this several times and it always comes out great! We're currently playing with it again right now. The kids love it.

ShawnaB1 (author)2015-07-08

C AnthonyP (author)2015-05-10

This recipe is a great base. I added a little oil and cream of tartar. You do have to use your judgment. If it is wet just add flour. If it is dry, just add some water or oil. By base, I mean that it is a great foundation for creativity. We added Kool-Aid for the scent and some food coloring to boost the color. As others have posted, you could add oils like peppermint or cinnamon, or jazz it up with some glitter. Just be creative with your kids. My daughter has been playing with this for a half an hour as I write this and it has not started to dry out yet. Even if it does after a while, it was still a heck of a lot cheaper than the store bought stuff. We are going to store it in a zip bag and keep it in the fridge. I will post how this works out. Thanks for the recipe!

BlaneCreateStuff (author)2015-03-31

It works great love it works better with a teaspoon of any oil

lupita romero (author)2013-02-04

this does not work it came out to sticky i had to throw it out but thx anyway for posting

it came out sticky for me as well I just added more flour. but the 2nd batch I did less water and substituted oil came out perfect

luluha8 (author)lupita romero2014-11-15

you just had to put flour into it

critiques_tests (author)2015-02-06

this is fabulous!! i made it :-D i have had so many disasters with recipes, but thanks to you :-) i made it :-) i just added a little olive oil and a sprinkle of corn flour :-) thank you :-)

ayjayvee (author)2015-01-29

I just made this with two 4-year-old boys. We each made our own batch, so they could each do *and* watch. The recipe works well. Each batch came out a little different in texture at first, but as noted, it's easy to add a bit of flour to make it thicker or less sticky, or water if gets too thick to mix. The boys are delighted with the huge batches (compared to commercial sets) and custom colors.

Sparklemamma (author)2014-12-21

Added a little oil and used some of my water colors mixed when I added liquids. Plus koolaid to make it smell fruity!

Gymnasticsg (author)2014-12-14

Thanks so much for this great recipe!

luluha8 (author)2014-11-15

awesome thanks

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