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Play Dough Recipes

Play Dough Recipes for parties

Fun and easy recipes for homemade play dough that use common panty items to make! 

Great for birthday parties, play dates or any time!  

Experiment with different color combinations or make the colors that match your party theme and send home with guests as a party favor. 

Includes 2 Gluten Free play dough options. 


Kool Aid Play Dough
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1 Cups Boiling Water
1Tbls. Cooking Oil
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 Packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid
Mix flour, salt and Kool-Aid together in a bowl.  Add oil to boiling water and then pour into bowl.  Mix with a large spoon until the dough is cool enough to kneed with your hands.  Continue to kneed until color is blended all the way through.


Play Dough
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
2 Tbls Cream of Tartar
2 Cups Water
Food Coloring
Cooking Oil
In a large saucepan mix flour, salt, water, oil and cream of tartar.  Cook over low heat until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.   Let cool.  Separate into smaller bowls and add food coloring. 







Cornstarch Play Dough (Gluten Free)
1 Cup Cornstarch
2 Cups Baking Soda
1 1/4 Cup Cold Water
Food Coloring
Mix food coloring and water together.  In a saucepan mix all ingredients over medium heat for about 4 minutes until mixture thickens - the consistency of mashed potatoes.  Remove from heat and put into a large bowl.  When cooled knead the mixture until smooth. 





Potatoes and Cornstarch - Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe

2 cups instant mashed potato flakes

1 cup cornstarch

½ cup sea salt (fine)

1 cup hot water

¼ cup white vinegar

2½ TBLS oil

gel or liquid food coloring

Mix together the potato flakes, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl.   Add to the mixture the hot water, oil and vinegar. 

Mix ingredients well.  Once the play dough is sticky and clumps together add the food coloring.   Separate small balls of dough into separate containers.  One container for each color dough you are making.   Keep adding color until it is the desired shade. 

The play dough can be stored for 2 - 3 weeks sealed plastic bag or container with a tight lid.  You can also store in the refrigerator.  





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