Add some glitter for a galactic take on this easy, no-bake play dough recipe!


  • large mixing bowl
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of cooking oil (we used Canola)
  • 1 1/2 cups of salt
  • food coloring (we used red and blue to make purple)
  • glitter


    1. cfk-longPour water into a large mixing bowl.

    2. Next add food coloring. We added generous amounts of red and blue food coloring to make purple, which seemed like a galactic color! Once you add the food coloring to the water, stir well.

    3. Add the dry ingredients ( flour and salt) to the mix. You can stir a little at this point to begin blending the ingredients.

    4. Next add 2 to 4 tablespoons of oil. You can add more oil later if the mix seems to dry. Oil is the secret to keeping this "no cooking required" recipe soft! If you don't add enough oil, the mix will be very crumbly.

    5. This next step is a big hit with kids! Add generous amounts of glitter to your mix and begin mixing everything together.

    6. Knead the ingredients together until a soft dough is formed.

    To store, simply roll the dough into small balls and keep in plastic bags or a plastic container!

Caroline Gravino, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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  • the y

    So that you can be in it to see if I can be in this is

  • Columbushater109

    Purrrrr… Fect

  • Linny

    Anyway you could post those pics individually? I adapt crafts for intellectually impaired kids and we do PowerPoints with individual pictures of each step.

    • Justin Kashtock

      If they cannot/will not, you can:
      A. Zoom in on the pictures using the CTRL and ‘ + ‘ or ‘ – ‘ buttons (or the scroll wheel of your mouse usually works as well with the CTRL button pressed) or use the Zoom feature in your browser settings, and then use the Windows “Snipping tool” located under Start Button -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Snipping Tool to take cropped “photos” of each individual step in their diagram -or-
      B. (Preferred Method) Make some Play Dough yourself and take as many pictures of the steps as you care to. This method has the benefit of you being able to take video as well and convert the video to Animated Gifs so that you can show the children how to knead the dough, sprinkling the glitter, etc. and will assist in keeping their attention. You could also add effects such as star dazzling when sprinkling the glitter to make it appear more “magical” and fun! Also, making the photos yourself gives you the opportunity to use the bowls and equipment that the children will actually be using (if the work you do is for ‘in-house’ use and not generic instruction for distribution to several schools) which will help make the instructions even more relatable for the children involved.

  • bro the bob

    linny no one cares!

  • starrjv10

    loved it worked purfecto me and my sister enjoyed it

  • Kayla

    Terrible hated it

  • Debra Obisanya

    Do you need the salt?? Please reply ASAP

    • Riley

      You don’t need salt but most people put it in to stop kids eating it

  • Veronica Niechajczyk

    I had to add a LOT more oil and a bit more water before it even resembled the dough that the kids played with at their preschool, which was also homemade. I don’t know what the trick is to making it hold together and not be crumbly without all the extra oil.

  • Katie

    Can’t figure out where we went wrong, but ours came out super sticky! Anyone know what we need to add more of to remedy this problem?!

    • Lala

      U need more flour probably 1 cup and then add 2to 4 tps of oil

  • Ella

    I made this yesterday with my daughter and her friend. It was loads of fun and I am really happy with the results.
    Does it need to be refrigerated? How long will it last? Will it “go off” ie smell/get mouldy or just dry out? We have only used play doh bought from the shops in the past which doesn’t go off or need to be stored in the fridge. It doesn’t mention anything about it, but would like kto know what’s best! Thanks :-)

  • Mark

    So I ended up using 3 cups flour, 3/4 cup salt, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. It’s a bit oily but has a good consistency.

  • brainygirl

    We had fun, but the dough was basically unusable. Dry, crumbly, almost impossible to work with despite lots of extra oil, water, and finally soy milk out of desperation! I guess there is a reason other recipes take longer or have weird ingredients like cream of tartar! :(

  • naomi

    same here ours lasted ages.

  • heavan

    i love your video

  • Avangelo’s Mom

    This was dry and crumbly but here are a few changes I had to do….about 1&half cups of water was needed. and about half cup of oil. I added gradually. also, I turned it out onto counter to knead. Turned out so much better than store bought! two hours of quiet play !!! and I rolled it up tightly in plastic wrap and placed in a zipper storage bag.

  • Meenk Sanchez

    I just made playdough for my 5 kids ages 13 10 8 and two 7 yr olds it was a fun family activity

  • Hannah

    It diddent Work