Home-Made Play Dough!

Physical, creative PLAY is so important for a child’s development, and one form of engaging activity is playing with Play Dough. Squeezing and molding home-made Play Dough helps your child’s eye-hand coordination and manipulative skills  ~ AND stimulates a child’s imagination! As exemplified Koa and Kanani in “The Magical Journey from Hawai’i,”  there are so many Hawaiian Children’s Books characters for a child to create and become fully immersed in the process!

NB:  This home-made Play Dough recipe uses flour and food coloring, but is intended only for PLAY ~  definitely not for eating.  Please make it clear to your child that it’s fun for play, but “yucky” to eat!


1 cup flour

½ cup water

¼ cup salt

Food coloring (6 – 8 drops):

Add coloring to water before mixing with other ingredients.



  1. Mix all ingredients and knead until dough is smooth.
  2. Depending on humidity of the day you make the dough, add or subtract a teaspoon or 2 to get the desired consistency.
  3. If you are making for more than one child, or if you have a budding young Michaelangelo ~ double or treble the ingredients!
  4. Store in an air-tight container e.g. a washed out/recycled 32 oz yoghurt container.


Happy playing and we look forward to seeing your creations (@hawaiianchildrensbooks)! For more activities, check out “Color & Share.”