DIY: Play Dough

Play dough is a fun, creative and environmentally friendly way to pass hours of time and fuel your inner artist. With just a few ingredients from your kitchen, you can even make your own. Plus, when you are done playing with it or it has dried out, you can toss it in the compost! Follow along below with our DIY play dough recipe.

This requires using boiling water and should only be done under adult supervision!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 cup of boiling water


  1. Measure and mix your dry ingredients together while you are boiling your water.
  2. Add the water in carefully along with the oil and food coloring. Stir away!
  3. Let the mixture cool in the fridge for about thirty min. After that, your play dough is ready for sculpting!

Note: If you find your play dough is still a tad too sticky to work with, add a little more flour until it is nice and firm. Store play dough in a lidded container.

Don’t forget to share photos of your DIY play dough or topographic map with us on social media using #forcvnp or by tagging us!

You can also email your creations to us at for a chance to have them featured on our website and social media channels!

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