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3 Ingredient Playdough

Making homemade playdough is such an easy and fun activity to do with your little ones. You can make the playdough with or without them, however, I have noticed that when you include them in the making process, they are way more interested in the result. This is a great activity to do outdoors or indoors and requires only 3 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and requires no cooking.


  1. 2 cups all purpose flour

  2. ½ cup salt

  3. 1 cup of Water

  4. Optional: food coloring


  1. Mix the flour and the salt in a bowl.

  2. If you are adding food coloring, add a couple drops to the water before pouring. You can also add the food coloring after the ingredients have been mixed.

  3. Slowly pour the water into the mixture and stir until all of the ingredients are combined.

  4. Knead the playdough until all of the ingredients are fully combined. Add a little flour to your work area to avoid the dough sticking to the surface.

Tip: If the playdough is too sticky add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all. If it is too dry, add a little more water until you get the right consistency

That’s it! It is that simple. Make sure you store it in an airtight container to make sure it doesn’t dry out. We use ziplog bags or old/recycled plastic containers.

The playdough is great by itself or you can get creative and add toys to play with as well. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy for them to enjoy it.

Here are some simple toy ideas to add to the play experience:

  • Legos or blocks

  • Silverware

  • Cookie cutters

  • Plastic animals

We used some blocks & dinosaurs to make some really cool textures in the playdough.


Remember to have fun! If your kid is helping you make the dough, know that there will be a little bit of a mess. But they will love every bit of it. As long as they respect the rules and the materials I led them lead through the making process.

Great for:

Fine motor skills: This is a great activity to work on those pinching and squeezing fine motor skills.

Sensory: Seeing and feeling the materials change within their fingertips is beautiful to watch.


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