Making Salt Dough

For this week’s ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time at Home, we are creating colored salt dough! Play with dough, dye it different colors and see what you can create! It’s a great natural alternative to Play-Doh and will help develop your little one’s fine motor and sensory skills.

guidelines + materials

AGE: 4 and under

TIME FRAME: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Flour (gluten free flour and corn flour are good alternatives)
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Bowls
  • Plastic Bag
  • Food Coloring
  • Fork
  • Safe Tool for Cutting
  • Straw
  • Plastic Cup

DIY: Salt Dough

Learn how to make salt dough with your toddler for this week’s Toddler Time at Home activity!


1. Mix the flour, water and salt together. You can use your hands. This may get messy, so help your child as they need or do this step for them depending on what they’re comfortable with.

2. Roll the dough into a ball and divide into as many pieces as you’d like. Each piece will be dyed a different color. We created three different colors of salt dough balls.

3. Place each ball of dough into its own plastic bag. Then put 5 drops of food coloring in one plastic bag.

4. Close the bag all the way and move the dough around so the dye blends into it. Repeat this for each bag of dough.

5. Collect materials from around the house that you can use to play with and sculpt your dough. For example, we used a fork, popsicle stick, straw and plastic cup. Get creative!

6. Play with your dough and see what you create!

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