Sawdust gives your play dough an interesting texture.
What You Need
- Mixing Bowl
- Flour, 1-2 cups
- Logs or branches, optional
- Measuring Cups
- Newspaper or tablecloth to protect your work surface
- Power saw, optional
- Salt, 1/2 cup
- Sawdust, 1-2 cups
- Water, 1/2 cup
What You Do
- Get about a cup of sawdust
One way to get sawdust is to take lumber and cut it with a saw. You could also visit a local wood or hardware store.
- Gather the other ingredients
You will want to mix the play dough in a location where spills are easily wiped up.
We chose to mix it in a container that we would not likely use for food in the future, in case there was any issue with sawdust being a non-edible ingredient.
- Mix the ingredients
Start with about a cup of sawdust and a cup of flour. You can add more of either if you want to play with the texture. They can be used interchangeably.
Add about 1/2 cup of salt.
Add water slowly, as needed, to get the ingredients to a dough.
- Mix with your hands
At some point, it works best to start mixing directly with your hands, to feel whether the dough is reaching a good texture.
You know you have a good texture when you can roll the dough into a hot dog or pickle shape easily without having it stick to the rolling surface or your hands.
- Add the water slowly
You would be surprised how little water is needed to make a good dough, so start very slowly.
- Make fun sculptures!
If you like your results, leave the sculptures to dry for a few days.