Fine Motor Skills: Peanut Butter Play Dough

Sand, Water, Mud, Clay, and Play Dough are all wonderful sensory, brain-stimulating experiences that help build hand and finger strength. Here’s a play dough recipe that your child can eat!


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered milk
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar (can substitute flour)
  • ½ to 1 cup corn syrup (or less) (can substitute honey)


(Let the children help with each step as much as their ages allow.)

  • Help children get their hands very clean before you start.
  • Mix all ingredients, except begin with the least amount of honey or corn syrup.
  • Add syrup or honey until the dough kneads well and holds together. Too much will be sticky. Too little will be crumbly.
  • Knead all ingredients together. (This strengthens finger and hand muscles.)
  • Roll out, use cookie cutters, roll into snakes-mold into animals, anything!
  • Then eat your creations!

Alternate recipe: ½ cup peanut butter, ¼ cup honey, ½ – 1 cup powdered milk, Add ½ cup at first, then add a little at a time until it is the right consistency.