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

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.

Step 3: Mix It!

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!

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!

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!

8 People Made This Project!

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diymakerforall

Tip 5 months ago

don't forget due to it not being cooked do not eat large amounts of it because it can cause many things but don't worry small amounts of it are fine

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diymakerforall

Question 5 months ago

is there any way to make it last longer?

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cool_pants118

1 year ago

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!

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ChristopherS303

1 year ago

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!

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BoondaPhD

1 year ago

The salt sorta ruins the softness

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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
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dombeef

7 years ago on Introduction

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.

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woodenProjects

2 years ago

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.

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AnnaR73Lcuccias

Reply 2 years ago

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

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ManavJ2

2 years ago

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

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Levi2002

2 years ago

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

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Levi2002

2 years ago

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

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Levi2002

2 years ago

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