Sensory Playdough Recipes

Written by Tricia Au

In our earlier posts, we have covered that children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) have difficulties with identifying, processing and translating the sensory information they received (refer to post here). We have also discussed what intervention can best support them and one of them is to provide sensory input to the appropriate areas of needs (refer to post here). Sensory input can be in the form of tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, etc. To provide tactile input is to expose your child to different textures. One of the methods to introduce your child to different textures and at the same time make that process fun through playdough.

Here are some of our favourite playdough recipes that can help with providing sensory stimulation to the child. You can also have your child participate in making the playdough by having him/her measure the ingredients, pour the ingredients, stir the mixture (be careful as 2 of the recipes involve heat) and knead the dough. The playdough can be stored in an airtight container or a ziplock bag in the fridge for up to 3 months. Add more flour if you notice the playdough feels moist to the touch.

Oatmeal Playdough


1 part flour

1 part water

2 parts oatmeal


1. Prepare the ingredients and mix them all together in a bowl.

2. Mix the well and knead the dough together until smooth.

Uncooked Playdough


1 cup cold water

1 cup salt

2 teaspoon vegetable oil

3 cups flour

2 tablespoon cornstarch tempera paint or food colouring


1. Mix water, salt, oil, and tempera paint or food colouring (add according to your preference) in a bowl.

2. Slowly add in the flour and cornstarch until you get a bread dough consistency.

Salt Playdough


1 cup water

1 cup salt

1/2 cup flour plus additional flour


1. In a saucepan, mix in salt, water, flour and cook over medium heat.

2. Stir the mixture until it reaches a thick and rubbery consistency.

3. Let the mixture cool slightly. Once the mixture is cooled, gradually add in the additional flour to make the dough workable

Coloured Playdough


1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartar (helps dough last 6 months or longer)

1 cup flour food colouring


1. In a saucepan, mix in water, vegetable oil, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring and heat until warm.

2. Remove the mixture from heat and add in the flour.

3. Stir the mixture and knead until smooth


We hope you enjoy these recipes and let us know in the comments if you tried out any of the recipes above!

To understand how these recipes can benefit children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) check out the articles below:

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