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Toddler Art Project - Drawing Dough

Drawing Dough

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

A cross between paint and dough, this delightful concoction is fun to squeeze out into puffy, colorful designs. As it dries, the salt in the dough crystallizes, leaving behind a glittering abstraction that, like a Rorschach inkblot, is open to interpretation. Here's how to make enough for 2 bottles.


  • 2/3 cup each of water, flour, and salt
  • Washable tempera paints
  • Squeeze bottles (we got ours at Michael's for $2 per 2-pack)


1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the water, flour, and salt (the dough will be just barely pourable).

Step 2 - Drawing Dough

2. Divide the dough between two bowls and stir a few drops of washable tempera paint into each. Pour the dough into squeeze bottles.

3. Protect your work surface, then have your artist create colorful designs on thick construction paper or card stock. Leave them flat to dry (drying times will vary depending on the dough's thickness).