How to Make Play Dough

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Making play dough is a fun way for kids to use their imagination, and it only requires two simple ingredients – flour and salt. Kids can make anything from monsters to trees, or rainbows to caterpillars, or even practice braiding play dough challah!

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup water
  • Food coloring (optional)


  • Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl, then stir in the water.
  • Knead the dough with your hands. If the dough feels too dry, you can add a few more drops of water at a time; if it feels too sticky, add a tiny bit more flour.
  • If you like, you can add a few drops of food coloring to the bowl. (To make different colors, divide the dough and place them in separate bowls, then add different colors to each bowl.)
  • What shapes and stories will you make with your play dough?