Vegan Children: World’s Best Salt Dough Recipe for Hours of Play

I have tried many dough recipes, this is the best I have ever found and was given to me by a worker at a children’s museum years ago. You can add natural food coloring and essential oils to the water before mixing to make scented and colored dough, as well as glitter. The whole thing can be made with organic ingredients too, especially in Portland where Bob’s Red Mill is readily available to visit and makes a nice trip for the kids.

1 1/2 cups hot water

Vegan Salt Dough for Play

Vegan Salt Dough for Play

3/4 cup of salt (I buy the 99cent Mortons)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
3 cups of flour

Place flour in a large bowl, I pour the salt around the outer edge and make a well in the center. In the well I pour the oil, then the water and stir with a big ole spoon. Once it has formed add about 1/2 cup of more flour gradually until you reach the less sticky consistency.

Viola! You have salt dough, it can be kept in a sealed mason jar and will retain moisture for about 4 days.

12 thoughts on “Vegan Children: World’s Best Salt Dough Recipe for Hours of Play

  1. Homemade toys like this are the best! I remember making gak out of glue and borax and something else as a kid, very fun.

    I don’t purchase vegetable oil or wheat flour, though, so would probably find a variation for my kids! I was vegan and vegetarian for 13 years and severely damaged my health so I will keep all things “vegan” away from my kids until they can make their own choices!

    • Well, its vegan by nature, not intention. You could probably use a different type of flour, like oat or rice? And any kind of oil – we use sunflower to cook and olive oil, just too expensive for making play stuff 🙂 Sorry to hear about your health, everyone responds differently to diet – 30 years going strong as a vegan and it definitely saved me from the obese child I was.

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