Make your own playdough

Make your own playdough for hours of fun at home

Make your own play dough for hours of fun at home

Making playdough is a classic activity that can be completed within the nursery setting, but is also easy to do at home with children of all ages.

Making your own playdough is a fun activity in itself. Once the playdough is finished, children will have hours of fun creating different shapes with it – from animals to flowers, they can let their imaginations run riot.

You will need:

  • flour
  • water
  • salt
  • baby oil

What to do

Watch the video for this very easy playdough recipe. You can also add food colouring or leftover herbs and spices to your playdough to encourage sensory awareness.

Homemade playdough will last for up to three months, as long as it is stored in an airtight container.

Learning and development

Whether making playdough or playing with it, playdough can promote physical development, strengthening the muscles in both the hands and arms. It also is a great way to help children’s learn about science, as they observe and predict the changes that happen during the making process.

For babies, playing with playdough can help them begin to manipulate the dough using both their hands and tools.