Homemade, Non-toxic Play-dough Recipe

Store-bought Play-doh, which consists of a mystery list of ingredients and comes in individual little plastic containers, is more expensive than homemade. It’s easy to make a non-toxic version with a few common pantry items. I like to leave it white instead of coloring it, but below you’ll find how to use natural ingredients to color your play dough. If you roll it out, cut it into shapes, and bake them like cookies, you can even paint your creations. Try a batch today and see what your youngster thinks.


Edible Play-dough


Two Play-dough recipes

I found these recipes here.

Rubbery Play-dough

2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water

1 cup cornstarch

Mix with a fork until smooth. Boil over medium heat until thick. Spoon onto a plate or wax paper.

Nature’s Play-dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoon cream of tartar
beet, spinach, and carrot juice

Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until of proper consistency. You can use the un-dyed version or divide it into balls and add a few drops of the vegetable juices to make green, pink, and orange.

Or maybe you’d like to try a scrumptious edible play-dough recipe. I’ve included a picture for inspiration. (Remember that eating it yourself is not required.)

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  1. Thanks! I was just looking for a homemade play-doh recipe!

  2. Homemade play-doh is so awesome. I hear you can color it with kool aid and it’ll also make it smell real yummy!

    I better stay away from that edible play-doh, it looks so tasty I would just want to roll around in it and die of happiness.

  3. My favorite book for when my kids were little was “The Toddler’s Busy Book”. It had tons of play-do recipes and a gob of other easy, homemade fun type of things to do with stuff around the house. In fact, what am I talking about “when” my kids were little! I should pull it out.

  4. Making your own playdough is really underestimated. It’s so much fun, especially if you include your kids when making it! Thank you for the recipe :)

  5. I’ve got my own recipe I work with but can never get the consistency just right between sticky and pliable and stretchy. I don’t want it to be like putty, nor crumbly. I think you’ve revealed the secret to me. Corn starch! Thanks!

  6. I’m trying to look for a recipe for playdough, and the only ingredients in that recipe are flour, salt, sugar, and oil. The problem is, I don’t know how much to add! Can you help me?

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