In STEPP Academy Sensory-Friendly
Play-Doh Making Activity

Working with Play-doh can really open your little one’s imagination, but store-bought Play-doh is colorful and tempting to eat for children with Autism. You can make your very own non-toxic, edible Play-doh at home using ingredients in your cupboard.

Supplies Needed

  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 cups of white flour
  • 5 cups of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
  • 2 packages (0.13 oz) of unsweetened KOOL-AID
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 medium-size saucepan
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 cooking spoon
  • 1 whisk
  • Cookie cutters (optional)


  1. Boil the water in the saucepan on the stove.
  2. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, whisk the cream of tartar, flour, KOOL-AID, and salt together in the large mixing bowl to create a fine powder.
  3. Add the vegetable oil into the dry mix in the bowl and stir it with the cooking spoon.
  4. Remove the boiled water from the stove and let it cool for a second.
  5. Once the water has cooled down (still hot but no longer boiling), add it to the mixture and stir it with the cooking spoon.
  6. Sprinkle some flour onto your counter (or a large cutting board if you’re trying to cut down on the mess).
  7. Dump the dough onto the powdered surface and knead for a little less than 10 minutes.
  8. Honor the Play-doh’s namesake, and play with it! If you opted to use cookie cutters, you can cut them into little shapes for your child.