Friday, 18 September 2015

Experimenting with dough

I am doing a sensory course with Lexie and decided to experiment with play dough so the other kids can get involved too.
How do you make play dough?
You can cook in a saucepan or a microwave......
You will need...
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups of water and colouring
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

To cook in a saucepan mix ingredients together and cook over a medium heat stirring all the time, when it solidifies, remove and knead.
To cook in a microwave cook on high heat for 2 minutes, it will be cooked on the outside but runny in the middle so let it cool and knead.
Store the play dough in an airtight container.
You can make uncooked dough....
You will need...
  • 1lb plain flour
  • 6oz salt
  • 1/3 pint water
  • colouring
  • 1 teaspoon oil
Mix together and knead until it becomes pliable
Modelling dough
You will need...
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of water
  • colouring
Mix dry ingredients and gradually add water until dough consistency. Knead well and store in airtight container. Model dough and bake on low in oven until firm then paint and varnish.
Craft Clay
You will need...
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 2 cups bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/4 cups water
Combine ingredients in saucepan and cook over medium heat until thick like dough consistency. Remove and knead lightly. Cover with damp cloth until cool then wrap in tin foil. When exposed to air this hardens so is great for plaques and models.
  • With liquid food colouring make sure that you include this in the liquid content in ingredients list
  • Use PVA glue mixed with water to varnish models
  • Add colour to the dough afterwards for a marbled effect
  • Add glitter for a bit of sparkle
  • Uncooked dough will keep for approximately 1 week in the fridge in a lidded container and cooked dough will keep for approximately  3 months in an airtight container
Mix it up a bit!
You could try adding different things to your dough to make it more sensory appealing such as liquid soap, coffee granules, cinnamon, sand or lots of different colouring to make rainbow dough!
Just remember if the consistency is too dry add some water and if it too moist add flour.
Enjoy :) 


  1. I keep meaning to try making my own, but I think I might try your craft clay recipe first.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! My little girl is 15 months old and I have been trying to do more sensory based activities with her and this is something I am definitely going to give a try as she loves anything she can touch and squidge lol! x

  3. I always meant to make my own dough when my son was little - never did get around to it >_< these are useful recipes and tips!

  4. I much prefer making our own play dough, sadly the kids seem to prefer store tubs

  5. i have never made my own and we love playing with it so maybe i ought to give it ago!

  6. I love homemade play dough - or at least I used to when my two were younger x x

  7. Why do I buy dough?! This is the perfect set of recipes, I'm going to do this!!

  8. I always made my own when the boys were younger, it is so simple and inexpensive to make

  9. The kids made some at school and loved creating the dough more than modelling

  10. My son used to eat the homemade play dough when I went to a toddler group! He did love rolling it out and making shapes with it as well.

  11. Megan has a project at school which needs clay I might try and make my own! Thanks you

  12. What a brilliant thing to do, I love the idea of making play-doh. We have quite a bit of it at the moment though so no need just yet. Interested to see how you get on :)

  13. This is a brilliant thing to do. This will come in handy for us in the future. I have bookmarked.

  14. Never made our own when Emma was small, sounds easy and inexpensive and loads of sensory fun for little ones!