Homemade Play Dough

Math & Sciences

Ages: 18-30 months

Scoop, measure and mix! Making homemade play dough gives your child opportunities to explore measurement by observing relationships with size, capacity and volume. After making the play dough, your child will enjoy endless hours of creativity and self-confidence by molding and making shapes.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Measuring spoons


  1. Combine dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly mix in the water with the spatula.
  3. Add more flour or water as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Flour the table surface and show your child how to knead the dough on the table.
  5. Enjoy playing with the dough by allowing your child to feel the texture of the dough; creating endless shapes and letting their imagination soar.

At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

Conversations with your child

  • Let’s measure the flour together.
  • What spoon should we use?
  • What size bowl should we use?
  • Let’s mix everything together with the spatula.
  • Don’t forget to scrape the sides!
  • Do you think we need more flour?
  • Should we add more water?
  • What does the dough feel like?

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