How to make play dough: 10 steps (with pictures)

How to make play dough: 10 steps (with pictures)
How to make play dough: 10 steps (with pictures)

It is very easy to make plasticine. It's a fun activity that adults and children alike enjoy.


  • 1 cup of household flour
  • 1 quarter cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 1 C. to s. vegetable oil
  • Food coloring, glitter, etc. (optional)


Method 1 of 2: Make baked plasticine

Make Play Dough Step 1

Step 1. Mix the dry ingredients

Take a bowl and mix in the flour and salt until both ingredients are well incorporated.

  • Add a tsp. to s. alum in the mixture to make it less interesting for children to put in their mouths so that they are less inclined to try to eat it. Alum will also serve as a preservative to slow the growth of bacteria. It is a non-toxic product, but a large amount can cause an upset stomach.
  • You can add two tsp. to s. cream of tartar to improve the elasticity of the dough.

Step 2. Combine the liquid ingredients and stir

A few drops of glycerin will give it more shine

Step 3. Mix the ingredients

Keep stirring constantly and pour the dry ingredients over the mixture in a saucepan.

Step 4. Keep stirring

This step makes it possible to obtain a paste which will have a consistency close to that of mash. If you cannot achieve this consistency, add a little flour if the dough is too soft or a little water if it is too hard.

Make Play Dough Step 5

Step 5. Let cool before kneading

Take the saucepan off the heat until it is cool enough to touch it without burning yourself. Take the dough out of the pan until it reaches the consistency of play dough that you can play with.

Method 2 of 2: Make no-bake modeling clay

Step 1. Mix the dry ingredients

Pour the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix well until they are well incorporated.

  • You can make the dough less palatable by adding a tsp. to s. alum, which will reduce the risk of children putting it in their mouths. In addition, this substance will act as a preservative to prevent the multiplication of bacteria. It is not poisonous, but ingesting a large amount can cause stomach pain.
  • Give it more elasticity by adding two tbsp. to s. cream of tartar.

Step 2. Add the liquid ingredients

While continuing to stir, add water and vegetable oil to your mixture.

A few drops of glycerin will also make it brighter

Step 3. Adjust the consistency

Add more flour if it feels too sticky and more water if it is too dry.

Step 4. Add the other ingredients

Now is a good time to add food coloring, sprinkles, and other texture-altering ingredients. Continue to mix well to obtain a uniform paste.

Step 5. Knead

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it on a flat surface. Make sure you get something smooth and even to the touch, and rework any stitches that you felt were hard in the bowl.

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