The Best and Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipes Ever


If you’re a mom with younger children, you’ve probably thought about making playdough yourself. But, you may be wondering, how do I make homemade playdough? You’ll be happy to hear I have the best and easiest homemade playdough recipes ever! And, they’re unique and creative playdough recipes your kids will absolutely love to smell and squeeze!

Any busy mom rejoices (silently, of course) when they see or hear the word easy. My whole object in life is to make things easier for others and myself. And, play dough is by far one of the easiest recipes to make. Plus, you can make a ton of it and store it in containers or ziploc bags for later use.

Without further ado, I’ll share with you my best four playdough recipes that include several holiday type themes. Plus, each easy playdough recipe comes with some handy resources you might want to try with the kiddos.

Best Playdough Recipe for Gingerbread

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh, hot from the oven, gingerbread baking? It’s one of my faaavorite scents and of course, there’s always several ways to enjoy it. Gingerbread Playdough is even easier than baking cookies, as it only takes 15 minutes. And, of course, your little ones are at a perfect age to help knead, roll and shape into those delicious gingerbread men.

They can take a safe sniff of their gingerbread playdough masterpiece along the way {think multiSENSORY activity} while strengthening their fine motor skills. Hey mamas, you might just want to grab a piece of gingerbread dough yourself. Why? Not to eat, that’s silly, right?!! I am kidding. But, you can enjoy making a super satisfying squeeze ball {think stress relief activity}. And, take a whiff yourself and close your eyes while thinking of gingerbread men.

Now, let’s get back to some creative activities for the kids. As promised, don’t forget to try our FREE Gingerbread Cookie Playdough Mats with your littles. Plus, we have a fun and free Gingerbread Spin & Count game for even more gingerbread holiday activities.

Candy Cane Play Dough Recipe No Cook

Making your own playdough gives you a better variety of options as we mentioned above. Plus, it’s much safer to make yourself for the younger ones. You are in control of the ingredients, and, you can make the scents stronger or lighter, dependent upon your preference.

Yet, did you know you can make your own homemade Candy Cane Play Dough in the microwave? Yes, it’s true! With only 7 ingredients and 90 seconds in the microwave, you’ve got fresh and pliable Candy Cane playdough!

We also include great ways to store your holiday playdough and here’s our free ‘J is for Jesus’ Christmas printable. Plus, grab some Candy Cane books while you’re on the festive subject! If you’re looking for more religious or Christian Candy Cane resources, try these Candy Cane activities from Christian Printables.

Best Play Dough Recipe for Winter Mint

With the winter season comes the snow, snowflakes, ice, and anything that reminds us of winter fun! With our Winter Mint Playdough Recipe, you’ll find a fresh scent of spearmint and lots of glitter.

In just a few minutes, this easy homemade playdough recipe will give you a soft texture with a whiff of minty freshness! Once your playdough is cooked and cooled, make sure you keep the dough in the refrigerator for longer freshness. Plus, what better sensory activity than the cold feeling of snow when they pull it out of the frig!

And, for additional play and imaginative activity, try these little animal figures. These animals will love climbing on hills and hiding behind rocks! Grab these FREE arctic animal activities for extra excitement and giggles!

Valentine’s Day Easy Play Dough

February is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking all about love! And, your kids are going to love this one — Strawberry Vanilla Valentines Playdough! Moms, you might just enjoy this delicious smelling homemade playdough recipe. Take it to a class party, make it as a Valentine’s Day gift, or just enjoy it for you and your family!

With the wonderful aroma of strawberry and vanilla extracts and oils, go to town with the endless possibilities! Your preschoolers can make hearts, roses, strawberry treats and more! Would you like some more Valentine’s Day resources? Try our Valentine’s Day crafts at Bible Story Printables!

Hot Cocoa Playdough Recipe

Looking to add a little chocolate scented dough to you Winter learning? Try this free Hot Cocoa playdough recipe for extra sensory playtime learning. This Hot Cocoa scented dough is great for setting up a pretend play learning center, or to use during your Valentine’s Day activities.

Edible Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe

They say you aren’t supposed to play with your food but what about when your food is also part of helping to achieve some important skills? This easy 3-ingredient Edible Ice Cream Playdough is a great addition to dramatic play, a sensory bin, used as a math manipulative, for writing letters in, and to strengthen fine motor skills.

The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Playdough Ever!

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish with this glittery green playdough recipe! Add some golden coins for a treasure hunt, and rainbow pipe cleaners for some end of the rainbow shenanigans.

Need more homemade playdough ideas for your classroom or homeschool? Try our Playdough Activity Binder that has a ton of interactive activities for your preschoolers.

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