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Homemade Play Dough

Below is a recipe for making homemade play dough at home. This DIY all natural playdough can be made in less than 5 minutes. I have recently updated this recipe, as my no-bake version was not holding up for me lately. Maybe it was the measuring cups not being accurate all of the time, but who knows.

I know it’s a crazy time right now. The coronavirus pandemic is resulting in the closure of schools, activities, amusement parks and more. The weather hasn’t been favorable either and we might be cooped up at home for weeks! This homemade play dough recipe is sure to keep your kids busy. 

So here is a quick cook version of my homemade playdough recipe that I have had great success with when I make it. There is still the option to make sick day, calming, or uplifting play dough by adding the essential oils mentioned below.

These recipes are perfect for those rainy or sick days or when you want to calm active children but still keep them busy. Or maybe you just need to switch things up in your home or classroom? These recipes take only about five minutes to make using ingredients in your kitchen! 

To make your own DIY all natural playdough you will need:

  • double up on the recipe for more play dough or to create many batches of different kinds
  1. 2 cups flour (sometimes more is needed in the end to thicken the dough)
  2. 3/4 cup salt
  3. 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or any other cooking oil
  4. 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  5. 2 cups warm water
  6. Vegan food coloring (optional)
  7. Essential oils (optional)


  1. In a saucepan, mix all of the ingredients together over medium heat. If you are making more than one color, do not add the food coloring yet.
  2. Stir constantly until the mix forms a firm ball of dough. It might look like a thick sauce for a few minutes, so just keep stirring.
  3. Once a firm ball of dough is formed, removing from heat and allow the dough to cool.
  4. If you are making more than one color, break the play dough into equal parts for as many colors/scents as you want. I divide it into 4 equal-sized balls of dough to make four different colors of playdough.
  5. Add each ball of dough to a quart-size bag. Add 10-12 drops of food coloring or 2-5 drops of essential oils of your choose.
  6. Knead the dough in the bag so that your hands do not get exposed to food dye. This is super fun for kids to do too!
  7. Store the finished playdough in the bags. These should last for months at room temperature.

For sick day playdough and added immune support Thieves essential oil.

For calming playdough and a natural calming effect, add a few drops of Lavender essential oils.

For uplifting playdough and a peaceful environment, add a few drops of Joy essential oil.

Here are some other awesome posts like this one:

Homemade Sleep Spray
How To Calm Children Naturally With Essential Oils
DIY Monster Away Spray

DIY quick and easy homemade all natural non-toxic play dough (play doh) recipes that only takes less than 5 minutes to make. Also recipes for calming, sick day and uplifting play dough. #playdough #playdoh