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Homemade, Non-Toxic Play Dough

My 20 month old son loves to join in with what his 9 year old sister is doing. However, modelling clay is out of the question as he does still like to put things in his mouth. That was when we decided to make our own non-toxic play dough for the two of them to enjoy together. It works out much cheaper than buying the shop bought stuff, and both toddler and 9 year old can safely spend time together.

What You Will Need:

  • 8 tbsp Plain flour
  • 60ml Water
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Storage bag or tub


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with a spoon, and then knead until smooth. If necessary, add a little extra flour to get the smooth not sticky texture. We kneaded the dough for about 8 minutes.
  • If you are adding food colouring, be sure to add food colouring a few drops at a time until you get your desired colour. Too much will dye your hands during play.
  • Roll into a ball and store in the fridge in a tub or bag. Chill for about 30 minutes before play.


Content belongs to Sensibly Frugal Living


4 thoughts on “Homemade, Non-Toxic Play Dough

      1. I agree with you – I doubt it digests well. Even the smell of Play-Dough doesn’t seem edible to me, even though it says it’s non-toxic. And the colors, even though brought and colorful, look far from natural.

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