Easy, Affordable, Play Dough!

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.)

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Step 1: Set Up

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

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.
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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
aadams362 months ago

Can you mix the cream or tartar in with this to provide elasticity or does that only work with the cooked version?

TinyEYE2 months ago

Play dough is frequently used as a tool for development of motor coordination in Occupational Therapy. We linked to this recipe to allow parents to get their children involved right from Step 1 (making the play dough), on a list of 7 Ways Parents Can Help Young Children Develop Motor Skills, found here:

tyger57110 months ago
I'm gonna try this when I get home
Me and my friend made this while baby sitting and it was fun! The only prob is that it drys out VERY fast! We had to keep adding water like every 7 mins or so! Yet overall, it was very fun and great for kids!
people1011 year ago
people1011 year ago
relly cool it is also called salt dough
amcgugan1 year ago
Thank you for this great post it is very clear and the pics are brill...
baileeann2 years ago
i love my sister and brother love it 2
hey there i must agree with you because my childeren love to help me make it because you dont have to cook it they can help me.
i dont agree mine did not work came out too sticky my kids threw it out
this does not work it came out to sticky i had to throw it out but thx anyway for posting
mgonzalez372 years ago
how long does it last?
lbennett102 years ago
I do this all the time with my pre-school students and it works like a charm. I do add a little but of cream of tarter for elastic purposes. I also use a little less salt than the recipe instructs, and it works just fine :) The problem with this, as any play dough made from scratch is the food coloring part, I find that using plastic gloves works the best until all of the color is kneaded.
abihunter2 years ago
this is fab, thanks for posting it, i made some to use in some photos on my blog, pictures here
marcilyn2 years ago
;;this was so easy to make .
DKpuppets4 years ago
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Ofcorce Dummy
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bag08162 years ago
I just made some for my brothers science project...soo much fun!
and its also conductive
tutdude982 years ago
how long you can keep it?
polerix3 years ago
i added glitter, highlighter juice, and mint essence. makes blacklight reactive, glittery, and smells great!
Highlighter juice. Do you mean whiteout? I should think there are other things that could also make it blacklight reactive. They might even result in different colors.
Can you give some examples, please? I love playdough but playdough that reacts to black light would be totally awesome! :)
Highlighter Juice that Polerix talked about is probably the ink from an orange, yellow or green highlighter pen, but you would probably have to ask him directly. What occurred to me is that Visine and Quinine (Tonic Water) both flouresce under UV light.
jibbzy20002 years ago
I love playdoh. I really needed to know hoow to make this for a diarama at school. it's quick easy and fun! THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!
ldarsee2 years ago
this was awful. i had to add 3 times as much flour and some corn starch and it was still sticky. by the time all the extra was added the bold color we had was faded to a mute pastel. not a good color for a boy! i guess if you are up to "playing" with the ingredients you can make it work.

owood12 years ago
i made it with sprikles it is colerfull
cbrown512 years ago
Heey, this recipie was very useful THANK YOU !!!!!!
svessell2 years ago
I am so happy to see this. My Webelos Den is going to create their own island nation, and I needed something like this that they could use to create the island, water, trees, etc. Thanks a million!
hana salama2 years ago
hey i really liked your recepie thank u :)
dombeef3 years ago
Someone made this before you on instructables, here is the link

It also isnt called play dough, it is called salt dough clay.
akutcher3 years ago
i would suggest to start with 1/3 cup water. because with the half cup it was way way too sticky. start with 1/3 cup of water and add some more when needed.
mwestbrook3 years ago
Thanks so much for this. I just finished making 7 batches with 7 happy kids:) I did notice that if its too sticky you can sprinkle just a little more salt and flour in, kneed well and you're good to go. If you need to add more water, just a few drops at a time was the best way to go for us. The kids are very happy, and very proud off their handiwork!
joanna123 years ago
i have tried making this an copel of times but when i make is it just goes hard but still not quite hard is it best to put it in the fridge
no but you can put it in the frezer
dclark113 years ago
it did not work for me
sarah05243 years ago
this is a good recipe im glad you put it up i used it for my demonstration speech and got an A
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