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Homemade Playdough- Apple, Pumpkin, and Gingerbread

I really love this playdough and thought I would share the recipe with everyone. I made my first batch of this stuff back during the summer and it hasn’t dried out at all, not like regular playdough. I really like this stuff. It    uses stuff that I have in my cupboard, makes the perfect amount, and the texture is perfect!

The original recipe can be found at the blog Oopsey Daisey. She has some wonderful preschool packets that have songs, hand plays, flannel board stories, activity ideas, worksheets…talk about a labor or love! Definitely check out her stuff! T loves to go pull out the flannel board stuff and asks demands that I tell her the story. And she loves it when I sing the songs. She thinks they are so fun. Seriously go check out Alison’s awesome packets!

I know there are lots of other recipes floating around out there but I feel that this recipe is the fastest and the simplest.

Here is the basic foundation for the playdough:

1 c. flour
1/2 c salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 c water

All you need to do is change the spices and add some food coloring to change it up. I want to try some glittery peppermint playdough but I want it to be safe to eat so my little man can play with it too. I pinned something forever ago about making glitter from salt or sugar so I think I will try that and if it works I will make sure to share.

I’m going to share the three variations I’ve done here with the instructions after the last variation. Hope it provides some fun play in your home!


Apple Pie scented playdough
recipe from Oopsie Daisey

1 c. flour
1/2 c salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 c water
Red food coloring


Pumpkin Pie scented playdough

1 c. flour
1/2 c salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
Dash of ground cloves
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 c water
Red and yellow food coloring (ratio of 2 yellow to 1 red)

I used 10 drops yellow and 5 drops red to get the light orange color of my playdough.

 Gingerbread scented playdough

1 c. flour
1/2 c salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 c water

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a pot. Add water and oil and food coloring and mix to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture forms a ball. Turn dough onto a board and knead until smooth. Cool. Store in a plastic container.

recipes adapted from Oopsie Daisey

3 Comments

  1. I bet that smells so good! I’m so sorry I’m pinning so late. We had a co-host that had to drop out, and I’m finally getting to her links! Pinning from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!

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