Designing with dough

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By Lynne Garnerfreelance educational and craft writer

Dough is an ideal medium for creating 3D projects. The ingredients are simple to obtain, inexpensive and safe to use

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Basic dough recipe

You will need:

  • 6 cups plain white flour
  • 6 cups fine table salt
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 6 tbsp cooking oil
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon

What to do:

  1. Mix together the salt and flour in the bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the cooking oil.
  3. Slowly add the water, stirring all the time until you have a soft, pliable dough.


  • This recipe provides enough dough for six to eight children, depending on the amount of dough they are given.
  • Once the modelling is complete, this dough can be left to dry naturally over several days or dried slowly over several hours in a conventional oven set on a low heat.
  • If you hear a hollow sound when you tap the base of the project then it is dry.
  • This dough will keep for a couple of days if placed in a fridge in an air-tight container.
  • When painting, mix the poster paint with PVA glue (ratio 3:1). This will ensure the paint does not rub off onto hands and clothes.
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