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Recipes for Fun - Kids Play Doughs and Clays

Updated on April 28, 2015

Fun in Mintues!

Create play doughs and clays right in your own kitchen! Use Kool-Aid or jello to make scented doughs that are all natural! (Safe for those toddlers who like to put everything in their mouths!)

Put out items like cookie cutters, rolling pins, pizza cutters, garlic press or other kitchen tools to aid in the creation!

Whether you are a teacher, run a day care, have kids of your own or just feel like playing with some dough (you're never too old), we have a recipe for you below!

Play Dough Flickr Photo Credit: eyeliam

Flickr Photo Credit - Carnivore Locavore
Flickr Photo Credit - Carnivore Locavore

Scented Kool-Aid Play Dough

This is our favorite - it's fun to play with play dough that smells good! This also makes a great birthday party favor. Put some in a small container or baggie and include in your goodie bags.


2 1/2 C. Flour

1/2 C. Salt

2 packages of Kool-Aid®

2 C. Boiling Water

1/4 C. Oil

*Jello powder can be used in replace of the Kool-Aid. Food coloring can be be used for brighter coloring. For extra fun add glitter while kneeding!*


1. Mix together the flour, salt, and Kool-aid®

2. Boil 2 Cups of Water

3. At the same time, mix the boiling water and oil into the dry mix.

4. Kneed the dough until it becomes the consistency you desire. (Lots of kneeding!)

Store in a zip-lock baggie.

DIY Play-Dough Tutorial

Cornstarch Clay

Heavy & Durable Clay

Great to make small bowls, a lasting impression of your child's hand, or cheap Christmas gifts like ornaments.


1 cup salt

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

Food coloring or tempera paints (optional)


1. Heat the salt and 1/3 cup of water over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. (An adult should prepare this mixture, which gets quite hot and bubbly.)

2. Remove from heat and add the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. The mixture should now look like thick mashed potatoes; stir until it thickens.

3. Let cool for a few minutes before kneading. If the dough feels too sticky at first, work in some extra cornstarch as you knead.

4. Add food coloring, if desired.

Dries within 1-4 days (depending on size of item)

Cornstarch Clay will keep unrefrigerated for up to 2 weeks when stored with a small bit of wet sponge in a plastic bag or sealed container.

Picture Credit:

Flickr Photo Credit - Flood G.
Flickr Photo Credit - Flood G.

Salt Dough

Use this dough to make bake n' save projects! Perfect for holiday gifts.


1/4 cup salt

1/2 flour

1/4 water

*For larger amounts of dough, increase to 1 cup salt, 2 cups all purpose flour and

1 cup water

Basic Instructions

1. Mix together the flour, salt and water to make a soft dough. If it's too sticky, add small amounts of flour until pliable. Be careful not to add too much as your creations will crack if the dough is too dry!

2. Create desired shape

3. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 2 1/2 hours at 250 degrees.

4. Remove from oven and let cool.

5. Paint item with acrylic paint and let dry. Repeat with another coat if needed.

6. Spray with acrylic sealer spray.

Below are some projects that can be made using your salt dough. Go to for full instructions.

Do you have a favorite play dough recipe? Post it here or just stop by and say "Hi"!

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      What fabulous fun and great recipes! I think all children love play dough and creating beautiful masterpieces with it.

    • squid-janices7 profile image

      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      I've never seen salt dough projects. What a great idea!

    • squid-janices7 profile image

      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      I've never seen salt dough projects. What a great idea!

    • kimmer1491 profile image

      Kim 8 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      We love the Kool Aid Play Dough. Much cheaper - and safer - then buying it from the store. Thanks for the recipes - they are great for rainy day fun!!

    • jimmielanley profile image

      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      We love playdough too! We make it quite often. Homemade is the best.