Like the sand dough and the sawdust dough, oil dough is another unique sensory experience. It’s smooth and creamy and soft, and yes, it will leave your hands and work surface oily, so be prepared.
The oil is what makes this dough truly special, however. You can use the cheapest oil available and your dough will work just fine, but for a treat you can substitute in any other oil that you’d like, taking advantage of its properties— something to soften the skin, perhaps, or something soothing especially for a child with eczema can play with, or you can substitute in some essential oils for an aromatherapy benefit (be cautious, of course, about using essential oils on children—they’re smaller than we are, and you know that a little essential oil already goes a long way).
1 cup of oil, any kind you like, or a mixture of your favorite oils (food grade, please)
At least one-quarter cup of water, and likely more
Food coloring, if your oil is clear or nearly clear and you’d like to color your dough
Mix together all the ingredients well with a mixing spoon, then knead well by hand. Depending on the type of oil you’re using, you may need to add up to another quarter-cup of water to get a dough of the perfect consistency—it should feel like, well, dough.
After the dough is the correct consistency, you can separate it into batches and then knead in your food coloring.