Homemade Play Dough and Clay Recipes


No Bake Craft Clay FRFP logo

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Food coloring
Mix together and add food coloring. Refrigerate for a few hours. Store in airtight container or plastic zip lock bag.


Cinnamon Apple Clay

1 cup applesauce
1 cup flour
1 cup cinnamon
1/2 cup white school glue
Food coloring
Mix together in a bowl and add food coloring. Refrigerate for a few hours until the clay is firm.


Gooey Goop

1/2 cup water
2 cups cornstarch
Food coloring
In a large bowl, mix together water and cornstarch until smooth. Add food coloring and stir.
Play with goop on a plastic covered surface or on newspaper.


Homemade Cornstarch Clay

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water

In a large saucepan combine the baking soda, cornstarch and water.
Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat.
Turn off the heat and continue stirring until the mixture resembles mashed potatoes.
Cover and let cool to room temperature.


Kool-Aid Play Dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan
Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough
Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle
Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months


Oatmeal Play Dough

  • 1 part flour
  • 2 parts oatmeal
  • 1 part water

Mix ingredients together and form into shapes.