Home Activity: Easy Play-Doh Recipe

The following video and recipe are for a simple 4-ingredient no-bake Play-Doh recipe using common household ingredients! Making Play-Doh is a great activity to work on lots of different OT skills, and the product is also a fun activity for kids. Here is the recipe for one batch of Play-Doh:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • A few drops of food coloring (optional)

You and your child can make PlayDoh together, they may be able to follow this simple recipe with setup, supervision and minimal assistance. Making Play Doh is a great activity to work on all kinds of OT-related skills, including:

  • Bilateral coordination and stabilization (hold the bowl with one hand while mixing with the other, holding a measuring cup or spoon while pouring)
  • Following a checklist of steps or directions (following the recipe, gathering materials, selecting the right size measuring cups and spoons)
  • Sensory play (final step of mixing ingredients together with hands)

Once your Play Doh is made, there are endless ways to play with it! Some ideas are:

  • Practicing forming different shapes and letters with Play Doh. Making 3D shapes and letters is a fun way to reinforce learning incorporating using the tactile system.
  • Practicing using a fork and knife to cut small pieces. This can be a low-stress way to practice utensil skills out of the context of mealtime.
  • Using toothpicks, straws or pasta and PlayDoh to build structures. See what shapes you can make and how tall you can build!
  • Squish PlahDoh with hands and feet for sensory play! Hiding toys or beads in PlayDoh is a great activity to work on using their tactile sense to find different textures.

Show us what you make with your homemade PlayDoh!