Last updated on Mar 3rd, 2021 at 01:26 pm

This is so easy to make and you can rest assured that it’s 100% child safe, containing no dodgy additives or harmful ingredients.


  • 1 cup of salt (finer salt works best)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • Food colouring

I doubled the recipe and was able to make a handprint, footprint and 5 leaf prints, and still had some dough left in the fridge for fun playing at a later stage. See the August issue of Living and Loving Magazine, on shelves now, to see how to make the leaf prints.

How to make it

  • Mix the ingredients together and knead the dough until it’s soft and pliable. (You can add food colouring to create some fun colours, and you can store the play dough in your fridge for up to 6 months.)
  • Using a rolling pin, help your tot to roll the dough flat from one end to the other before making the imprint, using hands, feet, leaves or anything else that takes your fancy. Fingers will also work to press your leaf down.
  • Creating leaf imprints is a fun way to get your child to interact with the outside world. It is simple and so much fun.
  • A heart shape is perfect for two little feet, and a fun handprint is a great one for the memory box.
  • Let your imprints dry in the sun and, once dry, paint with poster paint.


  • Find leaves that have rigid or raised veins, as these will imprint better.
  • Also, very fine or powdered salt makes for ‘finer’ or smoother dough.


Subscribe to our Free Daily All4Women Newsletter to enter