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The Best Homemade Playdough Recipes

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Playdough is such a magical part of childhood. Playdough provides countless hours of fun and creativity, and making homemade playdough is SO EASY and inexpensive. 

The hardest part about making your own homemade playdough will be choosing what kind of playdoh you actually want to make! Do you want to make scented playdough, gluten free playdough, jello playdough, cookie dough playdough?! Did you ever know that there were so many different options. I am breaking down some of the best homemade playdough recipes below.

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Why Is Playdough Good For Kids?

Playdough is one of the best play mediums there is for kids. It helps to spark kid’s imaginations, builds fine motor skills, it can be used as a calming down activity and can actually help your child relieve stress. 

There are so many ways to manipulate and play with playdough. It’s great to learn new concepts, numbers, letters, and even different languages.

The best thing about playdough is there is no right or wrong way to play with it, and scientists say that it can actually help build children’s self esteem. 

Homemade Playdough Without Cream Of Tartar

You’ll find a whole bunch of different recipes below, but one things people get hung up on is whether or not you can make homemade playdough without cream of tartar. The answer is an overwhelming YES! Don’t let google hold you back from making playdough if you are missing cream of tartar.  Cream of tartar acts as a preservative, meaning that your homemade playdough will last much longer. Some of the recipes that are included do not include the cream of tartar and therefore have a shorter shelf life.

The Best Homemade Playdough Recipes

homemade playdough recipes

Foam Playdough

foam dough

This version of playdough is light and airy and uses shaving cream as the main ingredient.

Flour and Boiling Water Playdough

easy playdough recipe

This simple version of playdough comes together with just a few ingredients and boiling water.

Playdough Made From Hair Conditioner

playdough with shampoo

This magical playdough recipe comes together with just two simple ingredients that you already have around the house! One of them being hair conditioner. A fun playdough recipe your kids will love.

Microwavable PlayDough

microwavable playdough

Make this super easy playdough right in your microwave in just a few easy steps.

Gluten Free Playdough

gluten free playdough

Most store bought playdohs and homemade playdoughs require flour and wheat as the main ingredient. This playdough recipe is gluten free, perfect for littles with a gluten sensitivity or celiacs disease.

Other Playdoh Recipes

Natural dye playdough

Coloring changing dough

Galaxy playdough

Easy Playdough Using Cream of Tartar

Edible Playdoh Recipes

At the end of the day all playdough is probably technically edible. Even the store bought kind is not toxic, I know this because I had to look up the vision control information after my youngest took a huge bite out of it. However, some playdoughs are more edible than others! A bite or two could actually be encouraged and you don’t need to worry about any tummy aches.

Playdough With Frosting 

playdough with frosting

This playdough recipe looks more like cookies and less like playdough, but it’s a really fun treat!

Cake Mix Playdough

cake mix playdough

This cake mix playdough recipe is so easy and has a lot of color, texture, and smells amazing.

Two Ingredient Edible Playdough

two ingredient playdough

Frosting and playdough is one of the best combinations when it comes to making playdough. This recipe suggests turning them into “ice-cream” cones that your kids will love playing with.

Cookie Dough Playdough

chocolate chip playdough

Going off of the frosting recipe above, this playdough recipe kicks it up a notch with chocolate chips!

Sweedish Fish Playdough

Swedish fish playdough

Your kids will be ready to make a big splash with this fun Swedish fish playdough recipe.

Marshmallow Playdough

marshmallow playdough

Homemade playdoh is so fluffy, and adding marshmallows to it kicks it up a notch! 

Scented Playdough

Playdough is a great way to explore with the sense of touch, visually looking at it, and (as above) taking a bite or two. Let’s look at a few different recipes that explore the sense of smell.

Koolaid Playdough

koolaid playdough

Just a few ingredients and a packet of Kool-Aid is all you need to make this incredible smelling Kool-Aid playdough. 

Jello Playdough

jello playdough

Jello is another way to add some aroma to your Playdough and it also can change the color of your dough.

Apple Scented Playdough

Apple scented playdough

Just a few dashes of apple flavor is all it takes to transform your playdough so it smells just like a fresh baked apple pie.

Pumpkin Spiced Playdough

pumpkin pie playdough

This pumpkin pie spiced playdough not only smells delicious, but offers your kiddos a fun opportunity to do some imaginative pie baking.

What’s Your Favorite Kind of Playdoh?

Do you like playdough that is extra fluffy, gooey, or smells like it just came out of the oven?! We hope you have oodles and oodles of fun with one of these amazing homemade playdough recipes.


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  1. I had absolutely no idea you could make playdough recipes!!! I think this is going to change my kids’ lives. LOL. Thanks so much for sharing – I’m definitely pinning this.

  2. I didn’t realize how simple it was to make homemade playdough right at home. I make sure to have all ingredients on hand for easy fun.

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