Oatmeal Playdough is a simple and easy recipe with minimal ingredients and steps. It is perfect for any school-aged kid to make on their own and simple enough for a little one to make with an adult. It is a great basic recipe to have in your back pocket, especially if another activity calls for playdough and you do not have any lying around. Better yet, it uses basic ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen already! You can even add fun colors of your choice. Perfect sensory activity that enhances fine motor skills. You don’t even have to worry about your kid eating it!
¾ cup flour
½ cup water
1 cup oats
Optional: food coloring
Optional: cookie cutters
Optional: table cloth, newspaper, etc.
First, gather all your supplies. Begin adding your ¾ cup of flour, 1 cup of oats, and ½ cup of water into the bowl. The bowl should be big enough to hold all your ingredients. I used a medium-sized mixing bowl for baking and it all fit perfectly.
Next, grab your mixing spoon and use it to combine the oats, flour, and water. Keep stirring it until they are well combined. If you want to add food coloring, go ahead and pick out your favorite color. This is an optional step that just adds a bit of brightness to your playdough. Once you choose your color, lightly squeeze the bottle until a couple of drops fall in. Continue to mix the ingredients until the color is evenly spread.
Tip: Mixing with flour can get a little messy, so putting something under your bowl or spread out on the table (like a plastic tablecloth) can make the clean up process easier.
Then, pick up your dough and begin to knead it (just press and roll the dough out with your hands) until smooth. The dough might also be sticky, so if you need to add a little more flour, go ahead! Some of the dough might even be too crumbly/hard to mix, so if you have some leftover crumbs in the bowl, don’t worry!
Optional- Place your ball of dough in the microwave for 15 seconds. This helps remove any bacteria, so you don’t have to worry about your kiddo putting it in their mouth.
Last but not least, have fun with your playdough! You can be creative and make different shapes out of it with cookie cutters or roll it into a snake, snail, heart, anything you want!
Tip: If the dough starts to get a little crumbly or hard to play with, feel free to put it in the microwave for ten more seconds.