Mister Rogers’ Easy Play Dough

A fast, easy, simple recipe for non-toxic play dough.

* 2 cups flour
* 1 cup water

Mix together well and turn out onto a flat, clean work surface. Pat the dough into a ball and knead it well, until you have a smooth mass of dough that is pliable.

You can put dry Kool-Aid or Jell-O in the mix if you want colored dough, or use liquid food coloring.

Store tightly covered in a cool place. You can store it in the fridge (or even freeze it if you have too much) but this can lead to condensation making the dough wet when you bring it back to room temperature. Try to keep the exterior of the dough ball and your storage container free of water droplets. Be sure to remove dough from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you plan to play with it.


  1. You can play with it right away once the dough has come together. Storing it in the refrigerator in an airtight container will preserve it longer.

  2. Sorry, an earlier comment was confusing. The recipe above is a no-cook recipe. Just mix the ingredients together and then knead (like you would bread dough) until the dough is smooth and pliable.

  3. That recipe is missing the 1 cup of salt.
    * 2 cups of flour
    * 1 cup of salt
    * 1 cup of water
    * 1 teaspoon oil (optional)

    It’s a great recipe that I have used for several years. As long as you keep it in an air-tight container, it will keep for a long time. We use one packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid (usually the generic, whatever is cheaper) to give it color and a nice scent.

  4. owh ever cam up with this needs to includ that you have to knead it like bread dough. i have made play dough as a kid and never had this much trouble with it like this one. very dissaponited in this.

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