When you find yourself spending more time inside with your family, searching for activities to do together can be tough. Maybe you’ve exhausted all your board games, or the frozen soundtrack just isn’t sounding the same after its 20th consecutive loop. 

If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, the team at Sawyer has you covered. Make playdough! Inspired by our good friends at The Dough Project, this project is fun sensory-based play for your little ones (featuring non-toxic dough, so no worries if your kids are exploring taste!). Not only do you likely have all the ingredients in your home to make it, your children can help throughout the entire process!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of warm-ish water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (coconut oil will do the trick too!)
  • Optional: food coloring


  1. Stir together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a big pot. Next, add the water and oil. If you're mixing things up with food coloring, stir in the color now!
  2. Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a bowl, or onto wax paper.
  3. Allow to cool and then knead until smooth. 
  4. Store the play dough inside the bags to keep soft. If stored properly it will keep soft for up to 3 months.
  5. That's it! It's that easy.

Ready to get artsy and make more awesome creations? There are tons of virtual art classes to be discovered here!

Looking to get ingredients in bulk? The Dough Project offers plant-based dough with easy-to-follow recipes that even the most novice bakers (and their mini assistants!) can follow! A portion of profits from orders here will go towards delivering food to at-risk children and adults during this unprecedented time. Head here to order. 

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