Making homemade play dough for your Autistic Child

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder such as Autism or Asperger’s syndrome frequently have sensory problems and appreciates routine.  During school holidays the autistic child can often become frustrated and difficult to manage because they are not getting the sensory input or structure they so desperately seek.

Structured play during the day is an ideal way to help your child cope with being on holiday.   Giving them activities to do will keep them stimulated.

The following recipe is simply, it is natural, perfect for sensory play, structured play and pretend play.


  • 1 cup of flour (normal cake flour)
  • ¼ cup of table salt
  • 1 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cut of warm water


  • Mix together to flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  • Mix together the ½ cup of warm water
  • Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture.
  • Stir continuously until combined.
  • Knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.

NOTES:  You can add your favourite food colouring to the water should you want coloured dough.  By doing it before you combine it with dry ingredients allows you to blend them by stirring, without staining your hands.

Amazing K is a school in Johannesburg for learners who is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.



Ilse Kilian-Ross

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private adhd school, autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 - 6 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum.