Edible salt-free playdough


What you need:

  • 2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons of Oil (15ml TBSP)
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • Food colouring or, if you prefer, you can use natural food dyes (juices of blueberries, beetroot, carrot etc…)
  • Glitter, Sparkles for the older children can make it fun
  • Don’t forget to use a plastic mat to protect the floor just in case your little ones decide to shake the play dough off their hands and, if you are using food dye, use old clothing (or none!) to avoid stains.



Combine the flour, glitter (if using) and 3 tablespoons of oil in a large bowl.

Add a few drops of food colouring to the water then add to the mix.

Stir well until combined and begin to knead hard with your hands, if you find it is still too dry add a little more water – only a tiny bit at a time. If you have an older child who can help you make the mixture that makes it more fun for him/her.

Knead well for at least a few minutes until the mixture is no longer sticky. This is the most important part of making playdough – the kneading!

I usually encourage the younger ones to make finger or footprints or give them all manner of safe objects that you can use from around the house so that they can push them into the playdough to see how the shapes and patterns imprint into the playdough.

Ensure you store your playdough in an airtight container, preferably in the fridge. Although this mixture will not keep quite as long as the traditional salt mixture, you should be able to store it for at least 48 hours.

Happy creativity day with your budding artists!