Make sure everyone washes their hands before making or playing with dough
For a more unique experience, add food safe coloring, flavors, or scents to the water.
What You'll Need
Placemat or tray
Bowl and measuring cups
Safety scissors or plastic knife
1 cup flour
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup water
Objects with different textures
Zip-top plastic bag Optional: food coloring, powdered drink mixes, or flavored extracts
Make Your Dough
Choose a place that will be easy to clean up.
A tray or place-mat will help contain the messes.
Help your child measure the salt and flour into the measuring cup.
Then, pour into your bowl.
Help your child slowly pour the water into the flour mixture. Stir.
When the dough gets to stiff to stir, have your child use her hands to knead it to a consistency she likes.
When not in use, store dough for up to 1-month in the zip-top plastic bag.
Play with the dough together. Use the scissors or plastic knife to cut the dough. Press textured objects into the dough to make patterns.
Tips From Our Experts
Try different ways to use your dough!!
Make ornaments or figures for your child to paint.
Once your child has created their ornament/figure you can place it in the oven for 350 degrees or left out to dry and harden.
Baking time varies by thickness of ornament/figure.
Once dry the dough may be painted.
Create multiple doughs of different colors then let your child’s imagination take over.
Favorite book characters
Create simple picture recipes for your child to make on their own.
Using Brain Power
Builds an appetite!
As your child grows, they are able to help out with different tasks in the kitchen. While the following suggestions are typical, children may develop these skills at different ages.