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3-Ingredient Simple & Easy Salt Dough Recipe for Kids

This simple and easy salt dough recipe is the perfect rainy day activity… Kids will master valuable kitchen skills while learning how to make salt dough, and then spend hours playing with it!

a no bake salt dough recipe that's made with just 3 ingredients

Salt Dough Recipe for Kids

We encourage our kids to get outside and play as much as possible during the summer, but inevitably there’s going to be those rainy days when outside play isn’t an option — like today…

Rather than turning to video games and television for entertainment though, I gathered up my younger three children for a quick kitchen lesson on how to make salt dough. And it actually turned out to be loads of fun AND educational! #momwin


children making salt dough, a simple, easy & fun rainy day activity

Learning How To Make Salt Dough

While my kids think making and playing with this salt dough recipe is all fun and games, they’re actually learning a whole slew of valuable skills — like brushing up on their math, how to measure solids and liquids, and what happens when you mix certain ingredients, just to name a few.

And with only three ingredients — flour, salt, and water — this simple salt dough recipe is the perfect intro to kitchen basics. Luckily, I picked up some inexpensive fresh flour and salt at the grocery store earlier this week in anticipation of a rainy day!

young girl measuring flour while learning how to make salt dough

I gave Camden the job of measuring out the flour, showing her how to level it off for a consistent measurement.

young girl adding salt to an easy recipe for salt dough

Addie measured the salt, again leveling it off using a butter knife.

young boy adding water to salt dough for salt dough crafts

And I helped Drew measure the water, showing them all how the liquid should be level with the lines on our Pyrex measuring cup.

children mixing up the best salt dough recipe

Then they all took turns mixing the salt dough, and I gave a quick demonstration on how to knead dough, as they were getting quite antsy to start playing by this point.

They had a blast playing with their salt dough. I gave them a kid-sized rolling pin and some cookie cutters and it kept them busy all afternoon! These plastic clay tools are super inexpensive and would be fun to play with, as well.


young girl playing with a simple salt dough recipe

3-Ingredient Salt Dough Recipe

Yield: 2 1/2 cups salt dough
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This 3-ingredient simple and easy salt dough recipe is the perfect rainy day activity… Kids will master valuable kitchen skills while learning how to make salt dough, and then spend hours playing with it!



  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and salt.
  2. Gradually add water while stirring and mixing to form a dough with a Play-Doh like consistency.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and knead for approximately 5 minutes, adding a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky or a bit more water if it’s too dry.


I recommend covering your work/play area with an inexpensive plastic tablecloth to make cleanup easier!

How Long To Bake Salt Dough

If you want to bake your salt dough crafts, place them on a baking sheet in a 150-degree oven. Turn them frequently so that they dry out evenly. Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your crafts, so just keep a close eye on them.

*Gluten-Free Salt Dough

If you or your child has a gluten sensitivity, substituting your favorite gluten-free flour one for one will work well in this recipe.

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children playing with an easy salt dough recipe

No Bake Salt Dough Recipe

You can store salt dough in an airtight container for future use. Or you can let your creations dry and paint them with acrylic paints.

If you do want to speed up the drying process by baking them, just place your salt dough crafts on a baking sheet and pop them into a 200-degree oven. Baking time will vary based on the size and thickness of your crafts, so just keep a close eye on them.

I’d love to see how your salt dough crafts turn out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check them out. Enjoy!

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Hannah D

Monday 9th of November 2020

How long does salt dough last after being baked? I am looking to turn it into cookie stamps for a Christmas gift, and I am wondering if it will be safe.

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 9th of November 2020

Hi Hannah! As long as you prevent it from getting damp, it should last pretty much indefinitely. When I was little, we rolled it out and used cookie cutters to make Christmas ornaments. My parents put a coat of clear varnish on them, and we used them every year for many years!

Philippa Clarke

Sunday 7th of June 2020

This was brilliant! Our daughter wanted to make a nest for her pterodactyl toy so we made 1/4 of the amount, kneaded in some moss and grass, formed it into a nest shape and baked it gently for about 20 mins. So much fun!

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 8th of June 2020

I love this so much! So happy that my recipe could help you make such wonderful memories with your daughter.


Friday 8th of May 2020

Can salt dough keepsake be stored widoud baking it... How to dry them widoud oven or microwave


Friday 8th of May 2020

Ohhkk... Thanks a lot for your reply... Wl wl surely try it

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi Jinal -- yes, you can definitely air dry them! It can take several days or up to a week or so to fully dry, though, depending on the humidity. I recommend turning them over about once a day to allow them to dry evenly. I do not recommend trying to dry anything created with salt dough in the microwave.


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

This is sooo cool! Love this. Makes great mothers day gifts!!!


Sunday 5th of April 2020

Hello, trying to find things to keep my kids busy during quarintine. Decided to make an easter tree. So kids made cut outs of easter eggs, we're baking them now and will paint them. So much fun.

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 5th of April 2020

I LOVE this, Leslie! So happy to help out in any way I can.