Salt play dough recipe

Salt play dough recipe



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 310ml (1 1/4 cups) water
  • 1 tbsp glycerine


Mix all ingredients together and knead until the dough is elastic.

Pre-heat oven to 150°C conventional or 130°C fan-forced.

Line baking tray with foil or baking paper and lay play dough shapes on it.

Thin objects will take about 1 1/2 hours to bake with thicker models taking longer.

If the object is beginning to brown, turn down the oven temperature.

Once the play dough has cooled, you can paint them with poster paints and then add a final coat of varnish.

Serving Suggestions


  • You can add food colouring to this recipe and knead it into the dough before shaping and baking. Just make sure you knead the dough on a plastic board if you don’t want to turn your wooden chopping board a funny colour!
  • Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to make decorations. Use a straw to make a hole for hanging before baking and then thread the dried shapes on to pretty ribbon or string to make a colourful garland.
  • The varnish helps the play dough to keep and adds a nice gloss. Spray varnish is really handy to use for this type of project as there’s less mess and chance of a child getting stuck to the table!

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