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23+ Different Homemade Playdough Recipes For Preschoolers

From edible playdough to therapeutic playdough, this list of 20+ playdough ideas has got you covered. We love that most of these homemade playdough recipes can be made with items you will find in your pantry. 

collage of different homemade playdoughs.

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DIY Playdough Recipes Kids Love

red, green, yellow homemade playdough made in slower cooker on white marble with shiplap background.
Homemade Playdough In Your Slow Cooker Without Cream of Tartar
Don't get frustrated with not having all the ingredients when you go to make homemade playdough. This homemade playdough recipe is perfect for a more natrual playdough and using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
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lilttle kids hands holding different pastel colored playdoughs.
Easy Cloud Dough Recipe With Conditioner
You could consider using that old hair conditioner instead of using lotion to make cloud dough. Keep it white or mix it in smaller batches to add food coloring for fun sensory play.
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blue, red, yellow cloud dough in small glass bowl.
How To Make Cloud Dough With Lotion (No Cook and Easy)
Use unscented or scented lotion for a fun twist on no-cook playdough. This lotion cloud dough is super easy to make and will keep kids entertained for hours.
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DIY Project: How to Make Glitter Playdough
Create fun glitter playdough to add a little sparkle into your child's life. People of all ages will love this fun and easy glitter playdough recipe.
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Pumpkin Spice Playdough Recipe
Use pumpkin pie spice or a combination of other spices (nutmeg, cinammon, etc.) to create this fun Fall homemade playdough recipe. This homemade recipe would be perfect for treat bag for that Fall festival party.
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Color Changing Play Dough {easy & fun kids activity!}
Our children are going to love when we make this fun playdough. Use this pigment and create a one-of-kind playdough experience. Just make sure your little one doesn't put this is their mouth. Probably best for preschool-aged and above.
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Lavender Sensory Playdough Recipe (Just 2 Ingredients!)
Instead of adding food coloring to the recipe above, try uses scented night time lotion to create this sensory playdough.
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swirly red and blue dough in bowl with spoon.
Softest Homemade PlayDough Using Only Cornstarch and Lotion
Create this fun and soft playdough for preschoolers using only cornstarch and lotion. Add food coloring for a fun tie-dye look.
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Flour & Oil Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe
Use baby oil and flour to create this soft (no cream of tartar) homemade playdough. This dough is perfect for inclusion in DIY sensory bins.
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Easy Homemade Herbal Playdough Recipe
Looking for a more natural playdough recipe? Try this simple recipe. Optional: add a few drops of essential oils of your choice to your playdough.
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Homemade Playdough Recipe
This simple playdough recipe uses only flour, salt, water and optinoal Kool-aid for coloring. You can make this a no-cook or cook playdough verision.
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Homemade PlayDough Using Alum Powder
Alum powder can be found in the baking aisle or ordered online and food-grade quality. It normally can be used for old pickle recipes but it helps give this homemade playdough a soft and creamy texture.
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Easy Cornstarch & Shaving Cream Play Dough Recipe
Use sensitive shaving cream and cornstarch to create this soft and fun playdough recipe. This recipe may be a little more crumbly than normal playdough, but will be a fun new texture for your preschooler to try out.
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Slow Cooker Play Dough Recipe
This slow cooker playdough recipe couldn't be any easier. Add the ingredients together and let the slower cook work its magic. Your preschooler can even help you mix all the ingredients together.
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How To Make Moon Dough Using Conditioner & Cornstarch
Instead of lotion, use conditioner of your choice and cornstartch to create this new sensory experience for preschool-aged children and above. Be aware that you must monitor your chilren with this recipe as you do not want them eating this.
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Potato Starch Moon Dough
Create this fun sensory activity using potato starch, flour, polysorbate 80 and coconut oil. Add glitter or food coloring to add your own spin on this easy homemade playdough.
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Easy Edible Playdough Recipes

While most homemade playdough recipes use pantry items here are few easy homemade recipes made only with food ingredients that can be fun for the whole family.

Ice Cream Playdough: The Best No Cook Playdough
If you are looking for a fun no-cook and edible playdogh recipe, here it is. Encourage createive play with this fun ice cream shop idea and have loads of fun with your family.
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green shamrock jello play dough
Edible Jello Playdough Recipe For St. Patrick’s Day
You could modify this jello homemade playdough for any season. Just change out the color of jello used and have fun all year round.
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gluten-free homemade playdough recipe
How To Make All Natural Homemade Gluten-Free PlayDoh
Use gluten-free flour in this homemade playdough recipe so that ALL kids can enjoy playing with playdough. Using nautral coloring also keeps this playdough recipe completely safe. No need to worry if someone takes a close wiff or lick!
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Soft & Pliable Gluten-free Playdough!
Instead of gluten-free flour this gluten-free playdough recipe calls for white rice flour. Just make sure you go lightly on gel food coloring.
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2 Ingredient edible strawberry PlayDough
Use frosting and powdered sugar for this sweet playdough recipe. Your children will have a blast playing with this fun and edible playdough. Get out those cookie cutters and have a lot of fun.
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peanut butter, honey and powered sugar play dough
Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe
Use peanut butter, honey and powdered sugar for this edible playdough recipe. The next time you need a fun activity, just look in your pantry and create!
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EASY DIY Nutella Edible Playdough
Who doesn't love Nutella? Add powdered sugar and Nutella together to make this fun and yummy homemade playdough.
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Art Project FAQs

Some of the recipes below contain only two ingredients like cornstarch and lotion or cornstarch and conditioner. You can even make edible playdough with ingredients like frosting, peanut butter or Nutella mixed with powdered sugar.

A lot of the playdough recipes require cooking and most say that the cooked version ends up being smoother if you are making the classic flour type play dough. However, we have several no-cook playdoughs in this list you will want to try.

No, in this list you will see where white vinegar or lemon juice was used instead of cream of tartar. Or altogether just different ingredients completely. In this list, there are at least 9 different no-cream of tartar playdough recipes to consider.

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We hope your preschoolers and young kids loved these playdough recipes. We know that this list can come in handy the next time your preschooler needs a little extra sensory play!

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