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One Hundred Toys Salt dough recipe for play food


Homemade play food is much more realistic to handle than shop-bought plastic play food. And making your own is as much fun as actually playing with it. Start with something simple like bread rolls and before long you’ll be decorating, painting and varnishing; cooking up feasts fit for a royal banquet.

For the salt dough:

500ml plain flour

250 ml fine salt

315 ml warm water

To decorate: 

seeds: poppy, sesame, sunflower

cake decorations such as hundreds and thousands, silver balls and marshmallows

non-toxic paints/food colouring


PVA glue

NOTE: Stick to non-toxic paints and food dyes if your child is likely to put it in their mouth.

To make the dough: 

 1. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and stir

2. Add water slowly until it has all been absorbed and knead the dough until well-combined.

3. Shape the food as desired 

4. Bake at 175°C (350°F) for about half an hour

5. Allow to cool

6. Paint using non-toxic paints and leave to dry

7. 'Varnish’ with PVA glue. Sprinkle with decorations (if using), and apply another coat of PVA once dry.

 Next steps:

Try rolls, pretzels or croissants. Or roll a sausage of dough and cut into discs and decorate as biscuits.