There will be several kids under the age of 4 at my daughter's upcoming birthday party, and I thought for fun, why not have them experiment with play dough? (Not Playdoh, but just like it!)

This was my first time making it, but turns out, it's super easy to do. I didn't even have to go out of my way to shop for ingredients - I looked in my baking cupboard, and everything was there. Bonus!

What's also really awesome about this project is that it uses ingredients that are completely safe for children. Well let's be frank - you can eat it! (Although after a few hands touch it, I wouldn't!)


  • 3/4 cup water

  • Red food colouring

  • 2 cups flour

  • 3/4 cup salt

  • 3 - 4 tablespoons sunflower oil


Pour water into a large mixing bowl. Add the food colouring. I didn't measure this part, but just let the food colouring pour out. The more you add though, the deeper the colour of your play dough. Mine turned out a light pink. Perfect. What little girl doesn't have pink at her party?

Add the dry ingredients, starting with the flour. Then, with a spatula, begin to stir the mixture.

The mixture will be crumbly at this point. Add the sunflower oil to begin bonding, one tablespoon at a time. You may only need 3 tablespoons. If you add too much, the mixture will be too oily, and you'll have to start over. Stir well with the spatula.