The Best Homemade
Playdough Recipes Ever Made


With these amazingly simple playdough recipes (edible and non-edible) listed below, your party goers will be filled with excitement as they create everything their imagination can dream of.

These cooked and uncooked play dough recipes are a fun and easy activity for kids and will only cost you a portion of what ready-made playdough kits really cost. If you don't have the time to make any of these wonderful recipes, these perfectly proportioned playdough products.


You can add a couple simple ingredients to our homemade playdough recipes to make different colors. You can do this with both the non-edible and edible play dough recipes. To make the play dough different colors you can either use different fruit or vegetable juices, if you do this to color your homemade playdough store it in the fridge and it will only be good for a couple of days. The other ingredient you can add to color your play dough recipe is food coloring.

To add the coloring to both play dough recipes, just separate the playdough into balls and add a few drops to each ball and knead the dough with your hands till it is evenly mixed. You can also add a pack of Kool-Aid or a box of Jell-o to easily add color to your play dough recipe.

If you add vanilla extract, almond extract, or peppermint extract to your homemade playdough recipes it will:

  • Make the playdough last longer
  • Prevent mold growth
  • Make it smell good
  • Give it a smoother texture


Do you want to know how to make magic play dough? After you're done making the playdough listed in the playdough recipes below separate them into balls big enough for the children to play with.

Then put a dip into each ball with your finger, add a couple drops of food coloring to the playdough and cover the dip with the colorless playdough. When you're done put them each in their own smaller bags and then in a large container to keep them together, then let the play dough set overnight. The next day when you give the children the playdough and they start kneading, they will be surprised that their playdough will be changing color in front of their eyes.

You can use countless household objects and turn them into homemade playdough tools. Pretty much anything that leaves an impression and that is safe for children can be used as a playdough tool.

You can use (clean) plastic lids, cookie cutters, plastic kids kitchen toys, melon baller, small plastic animal toys (for animal imprints), and small Matchbox monster trucks (for tire tracks). Be sure to store all playdough recipes are in an airtight container.


Best Play Dough Recipes - Non-edible Play Dough


*Important Safety Tip: Non-edible playdough is toxic to animals, especially dogs, due to the amount of sodium levels in the recipes. Homemade playdough recipes are fun, and just like many other childhood activities, precautions should be taken. This is less of a concern with our edible playdough recipes.


Classic Playdough - Recipe #1
From: Cindy - Arlington, TX

  • 1-cup flour
  • 1-cup water
  • 1-tablespoon corn oil
  • 1-tablespoon powdered alum
  • 1/2-cup salt
  • 2-tablespoons vanilla extract

Mix all of the dry ingredients together, and then add the oil and water. Cook on medium heat on a stove burner, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes. Then remove from heat and add vanilla extract, it will get firm as it cools. When cooled separate it into party sized portions.


Kool-Aid Playdough - Recipe #2
From: Jenn - Jacksonville, FL

  • 2 1/2-to 3 cups flour
  • 2-cups boiling water with 1 package Kool-aid (any flavor or color)
  • 3-tablespoons corn oil
  • 1/2-cup salt
  • 1-tablespoon powdered alum

Stir 1 package of Kool-Aid into 2 cups of boiling water. Then mix water mixture, corn oil, salt, and alum together and knead with flour (may take up to1 extra cup). Use more flour in the dough if you live in high humidity. When cooled separate it into party sized portions.


Fruity Playdough - Recipe #3
From: Mel - Columbus, OH

  • 2-cups flour
  • 1-cup salt
  • 2-tablespoons powdered alum
  • 2-cups boiling water
  • 2-tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3-oz package sugar-free fruit flavored gelatin

Mix the dry ingredients in a pan, and then add the water and oil. Cook on medium heat on a stove burner, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes. (It will firm up as it cools) When cooled separate it into party sized portions.


Easy Playdough - Recipe #4
From: Michele - Memphis, Tenn

  • 1-cup cold water
  • 1-cup salt
  • 2-teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3-cups flour
  • 2-tablespoons cornstarch

Mix the water, salt, and oil together. Gradually work in the flour and cornstarch until you get the consistency of bread dough. When cooled separate it into party sized portions.

Best Playdough Recipes - Edible Play Dough Recipes


*Important Safety Tip: Some of these recipes contain peanut butter. Be sure to contact parents prior to the birthday party to see if any children have allergies to foods.

As we all know small children have a tendency to put everything they play with in their mouth, and with these edible play dough recipes, your child can play uninterrupted and worry free. Here is a list of some fun decoration ideas for the kids to use and eat as they play with the edible play dough:

  • M&M's
  • Nuts
  • Rice Krispies
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Coconut Sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins
  • Cheerios
  • Candy Corn
  • Granola


Peanut Butter Playdough - Recipe #5
From: Nancy - El Paso, TX

  • 1-cup-corn syrup
  • 1-cup-peanut butter
  • 1-1/4-cups powdered milk
  • 1-1/4-cups confectioners sugar

Mix and knead the ingredients until dough reaches proper texture for molding, then separate it into party sized portions.

Oatmeal Playdough - Recipe #6
From: Toni - Denver, Colorado

  • 1-cup honey
  • 1-cup peanut butter
  • 1-cup powdered milk
  • 1-cup oatmeal (plain or bananna flavored)

Mix and knead the ingredients until dough reaches proper texture for molding, then separate it into party sized portions.

Frosting Playdough - Recipe #7
From: Samantha - Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1-1/2-cups powdered sugar
  • 1-cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1-can any flavor frosting (chocolate tastes best)

Mix and knead the ingredients until dough reaches proper texture for molding, then separate it into party sized portions. When the children are not using the playdough, it MUST be stored in a sealed container and refrigerated.

Chocolate Playdough - Recipe #8
From: Angie - Miami, Florida

  • 2/3-cup light corn syrup
  • 20-ounces semi-sweet chocolate coarsely chopped

Place the chocolate in a small pot and place that pot in a large pot with hot but not boiling water. After you melt the chocolate, add the corn syrup and mix them together. Pour the mixture on wax paper and spread the chocolate until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Cover loosely with wax paper and let it cool for at least 5 hours, when cooled the chocolate will become very pliable.

Sweet Playdough - Recipe #9
From: Becky - Glendale, Arizona

  • 1/4-tsp salt
  • 1/3-cup margarine
  • 1-tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3-cup light corn syrup
  • 1-pound box of powdered sugar

Mix the margarine, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt together. Then knead with the powdered sugar until smooth.

Marshmallow Playdough - Recipe #10
From: Amanda - Boise, Idaho

  • 1-part peanut butter
  • 1-part marshmallow cream
  • 1-part crushed graham crackers

Mix and knead the playdough recipes ingredients until dough reaches proper texture for molding, then separate it into party sized portions.




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