Play Dough Recipes

Hey, kids love this stuff! There are so many different kinds of play dough recipes available, I felt that I should share some with you.

If you're looking for the best play dough recipe, you've landed on the right page!! Surely, you should identify one of them (if not all of them) as your personal favourite.

Play Dough
play dough recipes

This is were imagination takes shape!

Here you will quickly learn how to make play dough - the No Mess, No Fuss way! It is always more fun when you make it yourself.

Play dough (also called Play Doh) is a wonderful, creative outlet tool that can be used to create preschool arts and crafts. It is also widely used as an educational yet fun tool.

Every play dough recipe presented here is easy, quick, and inexpensive and the colors are vibrant.

Try different methods for coloring your dough, as well as adding lemon or orange oil to give it a more fragrant smell - unless of course you're making the edible dough.

Cook it, knead it, freeze it, color it, dry it, paint it, you get the idea. Most of all, have fun and be as creative as you can!

Just remember - all the play dough recipes below are for children aged 2 years or older and require adult supervision at all times.

Cautionary Note: Some of these activities contain peanut butter. If you are unsure if a child in your care is allergic to peanuts or not, do not use those recipes containing peanut butter.

Playing with play dough is so much fun - Be creative!


Ok, lets start...


How to make playdough: Exquisite recipes!


Homemade Play Dough

Edible Play Dough

Kool Aid Play Dough


How to make play dough: Basic recipes!


Just Like the Real Play Dough (so they say!!)


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon powdered alum
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • food coloring


  1. Mix all dry ingredients.
  2. Add oil and water.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring.
  5. Divide into balls and work in color by kneading the play dough.


Rubbery Play Dough


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup cornstarch


  1. Mix with a fork until smooth.
  2. Boil over medium heat until thick.
  3. Spoon onto plate or wax paper.


Cooked Play Dough


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • beet, spinach, and carrot juice


  1. Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff.
  3. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool.
  4. Knead the play dough with your hands until of proper consistency.
  5. Use as is, or divide into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make green, pink, and orange.


Another Homemade Play Dough Recipe


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered tempera
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. Mix together flour, powdered paint and salt.
  2. Mix water and oil, and food coloring if desired.
  3. Gradually stir the water and oil mix into the flour mix.
  4. Knead the play dough as you add the liquid.
  5. Add more water if too stiff, more flour if sticky.


Alum Playdough Recipe


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons alum
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • liquid food coloring


  1. Pour dry ingredients into large pan.
  2. Stir together to mix.
  3. Stir oil and food coloring into the water.
  4. Pour liquid into the dry ingredients while mixing, squeezing and kneading the play dough.
  5. If too sticky, add more flour.
  6. Keeps best in the fridge.


I really hope that between all these kids play dough recipes, you've found your personal best play dough recipe that you will pass on to your grandchildren.

Making play dough is really easy and fun for everyone.




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