Easy Play Dough Ideas

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    Best Playdough recipe
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    Play dough is fun, easy to make and provides kids with hours of fun. Once you have your play dough, all you need is a clear, solid surface, a few household items for props, and imagination!

    Kids can roll, sculpt and mold with play dough. Some homemade recipes are even consumable!  We love that play dough allows children to use their imagination while strengthening the muscles in their fingers. Playing with play dough can be done independently, but it’s even better with friends. 

    When you make your own playdough with the best playdough recipe ever, you get more bang for your buck plus softer, easier to mold play dough. You can get more details on Kids Activities Blog!

    Here’s What You'll Need To Make The Best Playdough Recipe:

    • 2 cups of flour
    • 2 tbsp. of oil (any oil will do, coconut oil, vegetable oil, even olive oil)
    • 1/2 Cup of salt
    • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar
    • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
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  • 02 of 10

    5 Minute Play Dough

    5 Minute Koolaid Dough
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    This recipe only takes 5 minutes to make, and since it uses Kool-Aid for the dye, the colors are vibrant and lovely and it smells delicious!  

    Here are the ingredients you'll need to make the play dough:

    • 1 cup of flour
    • 1/4 cup of salt
    • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
    • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
    • 2 Koolaid  packets
    • 3/4 cup of water

    Watch this quick video for instructions on How to Make 5 Minute Play Dough!


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  • 03 of 10

    Candy Play Dough

    Candy Play Dough
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    This completely edible play dough recipe only uses 3 Ingredients! Since it uses Peeps, it works best in the Spring when Peeps are more readily available, but I've found peeps year round, so don't worry!

    You'll need:

    • 3 peeps
    • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
    • 3 Tablespoons of powdered Sugar (and some more for dusting)

    Video Instructions for making Candy Play Dough found here!

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  • 04 of 10

    Softest Play Dough Recipe

    Softest Play Dough
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     This recipe is one of my favorites to make, but it should only be used for kids that do not put play dough in their mouths!  You'll just need 2 Ingredients!

    You can find the full softest play dough recipe here!

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  • 05 of 10

    Peppermint Patty Play Dough

    Peppermint Patty Play Dough
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    If you want to take your play dough to the next level, try this recipe for peppermint patty play dough. It's ridiculously delicious so you might want to limit their consumption!

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  • 06 of 10

    Sick Day Play Dough

    Sick Day Play Dough
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    This recipe adds essential oils to a classic play dough recipe to help lift spirits on a sick day.  The recipe found here uses peppermint essential oil, but you could substitute whatever essential oil you'd like for a similar result!

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  • 07 of 10

    How to Make Glop

    How to Make Glop
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    GLOP is really just a 2-ingredient play dough that requires no cooking. Best yet, it only takes 5 minutes to make.

    GLOP Play Dough Ingredients

    • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil (In its liquid state)
    • 2 Cups of Corn Starch

    For a video tutorial for making GLOP, click here!

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  • 08 of 10

    Peanut Butter Play Dough

    Peanut Butter Play Dough
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    Edible play dough that doesn't crumble is a favorite with our kiddos. You'll need 3 ingredients to make Peanut Butter Play Dough, and let me tell you, this recipe is worth every minute. It's a huge hit with kids and adults alike!

    Ingredients for Peanut Butter Play Dough:

    • 3 Marshmallows
    • 2 Tablespoons (roughly) of Peanut Butter
    • 1 Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar

    Be sure to watch the Short Video Tutorial for Making edible peanut butter play dough!

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  • 09 of 10

    Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Play Dough

    Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Play Dough
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    This isn't really ice cream play dough, and since it's made with a salt based dough, it really shouldn't be eaten, but it smells amazing. The great thing about this idea is that kids can scoop it like ice cream and pretend to have an ice cream parlor. Gotta love that!  

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  • 10 of 10

    Shiny Play Dough

    Shiny Play Dough
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    We've found that kids LOVE shiny things, and play dough is no exception. You can make play dough shiny by adding makeup, and it works amazingly. You can also add other blingy items to play dough to make it shine like:  

    • glitter
    • beads
    • sequins
    • demerara sugar

    Whether you like classic, super soft, or shiny play dough, these play dough recipes are some of our favorites because they get kids having fun, using their imagination and being social.  It’s one of our favorite developmental activities!