DIY play dough recipe (2020 update)

DIY playdough recipe

Last year in this blog I have shared the recipe we have used that included flour, vegetable oil, salt and citric acid. It was a good recipe. Also, importantly, it was a zero-waste recipe, so you could make it using the ingredients that come without any plastic packaging.

But since then we have simplified our play-dough recipe which now only uses flour and salt. We found it work just as well, in some ways even better. It appears that the acidic ingredient makes the play-dough more silky to the touch. But at the same time it seems like the dough is a bit more springy, so as kids try to roll out out into think sheets or spaghetti-like shapes it shrinks back. The salt-only recipe allows kids to roll it out into very thin sheets or strings.

So, I’m going to share our new recipe here, and also will leave our old recipe up on the website as well, in case you’d like to try it out. In that blog post you can also see the organic plant-based ways to give your DIY playdough beautiful colors. And also has a list of our favorite supplies for kids to use when working with play-dough.

Salt only play-dough recipe


  • Organic all purpose wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Water – about 1/2 cup
  • Fine salt – 1/2 cup


  • Mix salt and flour together in a bowl
  • Add water little by little, mixing and eventually kneading it into the flour and salt mixture.
  • Don’t add all the water at once. Do it a little at a time to get to a desired consistency.
  • The more you knead the less sticky it will become. If you feel yo put too much water and in spite of all kneading the dough remains sticky, then sprinkle some four on the work surface and knead that flour into the dough until it is the consistency you like.

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