Making and Shaping Roti Dough with Kids

This month’s theme in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough series is edible dough, so I immediately decided to focus on roti dough – an edible and cookable dough that my kids love to make, cook and eat. Rotis are flat bread, and all you need to make the dough is a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen.

Making and shaping roti dough with kids. Play with it like playdough, but cook it into bread!

{Note: although this dough is edible, it’s meant to be cooked before it’s eaten. However, the ingredients are all edible and non toxic, so if a small child tastes the uncooked dough hopefully it should not harm them, but I recommend teaching them to wait until it is cooked}


  • Flour (2 cups)*
  • Water (3/4 cup)
  • Vegetable Oil (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt (1/2 tea spoon)

*If you have whole wheat flour or durum wheat flour then use that. We used plain flour since that is all I had the day we made these – it still works fine, but the texture and taste will be a bit more like pitta bread, rather than a traditional chapatti type of roti.

How to make the roti dough

Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix together

mixing roti dough

Kids can help with mixing but you may need to help out too to make sure it gets properly mixed and you will probably need to use your hands, rather than just the mixing spoon.

mixing roti dough

You want the whole mixture to come together into a ball, coming away from the sides of the bowl. Then place it onto the table (flour the table so that it doesn’t stick) and knead it more. The ball shown below is half quantity of the ingredients listed.

roti dough

With this dough, kids can use a rolling pin and cookie cutters to roll it out flat and make shapes.

rolling out roti dough with kids

Although it’s not a colourful or scented playdough, and may not look as “exciting” as some of the playdough recipes we use, my kids love knowing that this dough will make bread that they can eat later on – it’s like a playdough and cooking activity combined.

rolling out roti dough and making shapes

Once they’ve made their shapes, place them into a hot pan and cook on both sides. We made lots of little heart shaped ones, since it’s Valentines!

cooking heart shaped roti with kids

If you want to make a bigger round roti, then you can use a plate to cut out the circle shapes. When making with kids, the rotis are probably going to be thicker than you would typically make, because it’s easier for them to roll and easier for them to pick up too once it’s rolled – it doesn’t matter!

shaping roti with a plate

Here are some of the finished heart shaped rotis that R made.

home made heart shaped roti by a 4 year old


4 year old eating roti that he made himself

More Edible Playdough Recipes

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Edible Chocolate Play Dough | Preschool Powol Packets

Edible Ice Cream Dough | Natural Beach Living

Edible Cream Cheese Playdough | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Edible Golden Syrup Dough | Peakle Pie

Edible Birthday Cake Dough | The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Edible Ice Cream Dough | Sugar Spice & Glitter

Edible Yogurt Lassi Dough | Creative World of Varya

Edible Frozen Dough | Squiggles and Bubbles

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making roti dough with kids

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