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Homemade Gluten-Free Play Dough

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
This homemade gluten-free play dough is also free of artificial colors or scents! Peace of mind for you, lots of fun for your kids.
Author: Raia


Gluten-Free Play Dough Base

For One Batch of Play Dough

  • 6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon play dough base or 1/4 of the total base mix (measure by weight for exact amount)
  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • coloring recipe of choice
  • 3 drops essential oil of choice optional, but wonderful!

Natural Coloring Options

  • pink: 1 teaspoon grape juice
  • green: 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered parsley grind in coffee grinder
  • yellow: 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • brown: 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Natural Fragrance Options

  • pink: lavender or geranium essential oil
  • green: peppermint or wintergreen or eucalyptus essential oils
  • yellow: lemon essential oil
  • brown: sandalwood or cedar wood essential oils or leave EO out for a nice chocolatey smell!


  • Whisk together base ingredients and set aside.
  • Measure dry ingredients for one batch of play dough into a small saucepan. (If using a dry coloring, whisk in here.)
  • Pour in liquid ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Heat over medium-low - stirring constantly - until dough is thick and begins to form a ball.
  • Remove from heat and cool (though it won’t really be that hot).
  • If you feel the dough is too dry, knead in a few more drops of water at a time until desired squishy-ness is reached. If you feel it’s too wet, knead in a few tablespoons of starch.
  • Store in covered container or ziplock bag.
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