(For Ages 2+, requires adult help)


  • Large mixing bowl
  • 1 cup of water
  • Food coloring
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Tight-closing plastic bag or container
  • Covered work surface
  • Extras – cookie cutters, plastic utensils

Prep Time:

  • 15 minutes

Recipe for Fun!

Play dough stretches more than the imagination. It can also be a lesson in measuring, colors and textures. Here’s how: pour 1 cup of water into a large bowl. Add drops of food coloring into the water and stir. To your colorful water add 4 cups of flour and 1½ cups of salt and stir to blend. Now add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (if the dough still feels dry, add another tablespoon or two of oil). Plop your play dough onto a work surface and knead it to combine everything. Time to set everyone’s inner sculptor free. Store in a tight-closing plastic bag or container.