How to Make Play Dough (Clay) At Home

Ever wonder how to make play dough at home? It’s easier than you’d think and even the kids can help  to mix everything! Although you can easily get a small pack of paper clay/air-dry clay from Daiso (Pavillion, KL) for only RM5, but then you might miss out all the fun as you can actually make this at home together with your kids and spend some quality time with them to explore their creativity! Plus you can make your dough into any colors you want! You’ll only need to get the food coloring from supermarkets.

Stone Powder Clay

Above picture is a 270g of white paper clay/air-dry clay from Daiso for RM5

Ingredients to make clay (play dough):


  • water 1 cup
  • vegetable oil 2 tbsps
  • flour 1 cup
  • salt 1/4 cup
  • cream of tartar optional for improved elasticity 2 tbsps
  • food coloring or neon food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix) scented oils units

Mix all of the ingredients together with the color of your choice in a soucepan, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it becomes sticky and looks like mash potatoes. Stir constantly until the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, it should be done in about 4-5 minutes, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

Important note: if the play dough is still too sticky, you can add in a bit more flour and cook it a bit longer!

Once it’s cool, knead the dough. This can be done by your or little helpers! To store, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in a sealed container.

You can make as many colors as you like!

It’ll be fun to teach your kids shapes, colors and practice skills like cutting, rolling, and pinching the dough. You can even play with alphabet with some help of cookie cutters to spell words out and practice the alphabet with your kids!

The Floor is yours…
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