Easy DIY Play Dough!

Bring back memories of moulding, sculpting, rolling, and building with colourful Playdoh by creating your own!

Using playdough with seniors can promote socialization, provide fine-motor skills in hands and fingers, and bring out stories and memories of the past!

Homemade Playdough Recipe


  • 1/2 cup boiling water

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1/4 cup salt

  • 1.5 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1 pack kool-aid or 4-5 drops of food colouring


  1. Combine water and food colouring in a pot and bring to boil.

  2. While waiting for the water to boil, combine your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

  3. Remove water from heat and add the oil.

  4. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Continue mixing until the playdough forms a ball.

  5. When the playdough is cool enough, knead it until it is no longer sticky.


*If you find your playdough is too “floury” after kneading it, add a splash of water.

**If your playdough is too sticky add a couple of drops of oil.

***Store your playdough in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.


After making your playdough, there a variety of ways to use it!

  • Activate fine-motor functions by rolling, pressing, and squeezing a ball of dough in their hands, allowing them to work their hands and fingers in a therapeutic manner.

  • Using cookie cutters, create a number of beautiful and whimsical shapes and characters!

  • Create your own characters, shapes, and figures using your own creativity by rolling, moulding and sculpting 3-Dimensional shapes.

  • Using craft paper as a placemat or background, place flat, 2-Dimensional shapes or figures to create an image or scene of their choice.

Whatever you choose to do, it's sure to be fun!

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