Three of our Favorite Homemade Play Dough Recipes

My kids are so excited its the holidays! The tree is up, and aside from the last couple warm days we’ve had, it’s been all cold and no snow, and we caught a couple of those nasty colds going around. Consequently, I’ve been scrounging for ideas for keeping the kids sane at home!!

I FINALLY got to the store to get all the ingredients needed to make homemade play dough. I couldn’t find cream of tartar anywhere, you guys – finally found every single one of the ingredients needed for this recipe at our friendly neighborhood Aldi! But I did finally get there to make the last recipe, we tried a couple other recipes that we ended up liking quite a bit too!

Try em out, see which ones you like and which you may already have the ingredients for on hand!


2-Ingredient, Super Fun and Easy! (but messy) version

This recipe is great for a quick morning activity. This dough won’t last forever. Well, you can re-moisten it with another drop of conditioner but I typically don’t.

My kids LOVE this version, because I let them mix all the ingredients together themselves, and they love watching the dough take form. It usually is good for at least an hour or two of fun! We also like that you can create varying consistencies with this recipe based on your ingredients ratio before you settle on your favorite.

But follow the recipe the first time for best results, of course!


Air-Dry Clay Version

Make Your Own Air-Dry Clay

Kids will love this easy-to-make air-dry clay! Make magnets, jewelry, and more. ✨

Posted by Nifty on Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Best-Ever Play Dough Version (long lasting)


I grew up with this play dough recipe, I remember helping my mom make it – those are some great memories!

So when I made this one for my kids, we put our little “wellness flair on it”, and made it with soothing colors and drops of lavender essential oil for a calming rest-time activity.

So far, it’s been hours of fun for our family, and I hope it can be hours of fun for yours as well during some of these cold winter days!

I love that playdough recipes like this are totally plant-based, of course, and perfect for little creative minds and busy hands.

After following the directions for the playdough recipe above,  if you want to add an essential oil, I just added 4-6 drops of lavender oil to the ball of dough and continued to knead it in. Worked great! Let me know how you like it!

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