How to Make Easy Homemade Play Dough + 50 Play Doh Recipes and Ideas

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Easy Play Dough

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One of the activities that has been on my homeschooling bucket list for this year is to make homemade play dough with the kids. I don’t know why it has taken me 10 years of homeschooling to finally make homemade play dough. But we did it, we conquered – and it was really easy (albeit messy) and fun.

 You can see by the picture above that we even got slightly fancy and added glitter into some of the batches.

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Easy Homemade Play Dough


How to Make Easy Homemade Play Dough


  • Food coloring
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar


  1. Simply add water, oil, cream of tartar, salt, and food coloring in to a pan. Heat mixture until warm.
  2. Remove from stove and add in flour.
  3. Stir and knead until smooth.
  4. Store this dough in a Ziploc bag or other storage container.


To add the glitter we just sprinkled it in during the kneading process.

There are a ton of amazing play dough recipes and activities online. I’ve rounded up a big list of play dough activities, ideas, and recipes below. Enjoy!

Creative Play Dough Recipes

Creative Playhouse: Bubble Dough

Chocolate Shadow Play Dough

Natural Nature Play Dough

Glow in the Dark Play Dough

Christmas Pudding Play Dough

Orange playdough fun

Gingerbread Playdough

Homemade Playdough with Kool-Aide

Make Green Playdough

Caramel Apple Pie Play Dough

Grape Playdough

Two Minute Recipe :: Aussie Kool-Aid Play Dough

How to Make: White Glitter Playdough

Glitter & Scented Candy Corn Playdough

Banana playdough

How cool is this? Kool-Aid PlayDoh!!

Chocolate Playdoh

Edible Pumpkin Pie Play Dough


homemade playdoh

Real life homeschooling in our little kitchen. This is my messy face son, Liam. He’s pretty excited to put the red food coloring in the pan!

No Cook Gluten Free Edible Pumpkin Pie Play Clay

Calming Lavender Playdough

Gingerbread Playdough

Peppermint and Vanilla Sparkly Play Dough

Beach Dough: Homemade No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

Coffee & Cream Play Dough Recipes

Mud Dough

Bread Dough

Pumpkin Pie Scented Play Dough

Playdough Recipe {Lemon}

Playdough Recipe {Candy Corn}

Fall Playdough Recipe

Playdough Recipe {Hershey Kiss Chocolate Playdough}

Fun Play Dough Activities

Golf tees & playdough math

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity: Caterpillar to Butterfly with Play Dough

Play Dough Equals Occupied

Exploring Play Dough with Different Effects

Create Play Dough Skeletons or X-Rays

Play Dough Activities with The Sugar Plum Fairy’s World of Lollies and Sweets

Playdough Mike From Monsters, Inc.

Playdough Potato Heads

Play Dough Cupcake Cafe

Exploring Homemade Playdough…with Feet

Montessori-Inspired Fall Playdough Activities

Montessori-Inspired Playdough Activities 101

homemade play doh

This is Gabriel age-4, mixing away!

Large collection of Playdough Activities

Introducing Playdough to Babies and Toddlers

D is for Dough! [31 Days of ABCs]

Making Colored Dough and Mixing 

Apple and Pumpkin Bakery

Play Dough (lots of ideas and more links)

Christmas Playdough Ideas

Fall Play Doh Apple Pie

Digging for Bugs in the ‘Mud’

Gender Reveal Playdough <<– CUTE idea!

Experimenting with Ice Cream Dough

Animal Imprints in Play Dough

Creative Play Dough Art




Download a Free Play Dough Recipes eBook from Pocket of Posies. This eBook is an instant download.

Also, here’s a helpful post if homemade play dough doesn’t go as planned, Does Your Homemade Play Dough Fail?


What is your favorite homemade play dough recipe or resource?  Share in the comments!  We might try it out.



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