For those who want to avoid PlayDough (because of it’s toxic, chemical ingredients) or don’t have any to hand, this simple and cheap salt dough recipe will hit the spot. Crafted from three basic ingredients that you should have in your kitchen already (flour, water and salt), it’s easy to make and provides hours of fun for the little ones.

Unfortunately, it is not really safe to eat (so keep an eye out for any mischevious kids who may put it in their mouths, although a little won’t hurt) but it is really quick and cheap to put together. Plus it doesn’t have any of the chemicals, fragrances or colourants in commercial, shop-bought brands.

After the dough is done, the little ones can get crafty and use pastry cutters, rolling pins and accessories to create characters and shapes, which can then be dried in the oven and later, painted…


  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¾ cup of water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour and salt together with a spoon or your hands.
  2. Once the dry ingredients are combined, gradually add in the water bit by bit, mixing with a spoon or your hands.
  3. Once combined as best you can, remove the dough and knead it on a countertop or chopping board with your hands until it is smooth.
  4. The dough can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days.
  5. To dry salt dough creations in the oven, preheat the oven to 180 degrees and place the models on a baking sheet with greaseproof paper for around 10-15 minutes. Just keep a close watch on them, because the time on the oven is variable according to the model’s shape, size and thickness. Cool completely before painting.