Homemade Gluten-Free Play Dough


Around my house play dough is my go-to activity on a rainy day.  The girls can play with this stuff for hours.  Most of the time they end up pretending to make me a “salad” and my husband “pizza”.  Or in some cases they will decide ice cream is there choice.  The play dough we have is now a dry mess and yes I know you can add water and it comes back to life but I thought it would be fun for us to get in the kitchen on another rainy afternoon over the past weekend and make play dough.  I actually asked the girls if this is something they would want to do, they were so excited!  Actually so excited that as soon as they woke up from their nap they were pulling their chairs up to the island of the kitchen so we can start making playdough.  I decided I would do a gluten-free play dough.  If you follow my food page, then you know gluten-free is a choice in my house as of late.  However, if you aren’t a gluten-free house you can easily use regular all-purpose flour in place of the rice flour.  I’m sure if will work just the same.  The play dough is quick and easy to make and with little helpers it makes making this stuff a whole lot of fun!

Homemade Gluten-Free Play Dough

1 cup rice flour (I used brown rice because that’s what I had)

1 cup cornstarch

1 cup salt

2 cups water (warm)

2 teaspoons oil


Mix all ingredients together in saucepan, cook on low heat, stirring occasionally for at least 5 minutes or until it forms a ball.  Don’t be worried if it is really watery, just keep stirring until it starts to form a “dough ball”

Color Options:

Food Coloring

Food Gel (such as Wilton’s)

Suger-Free Kool Aid (this adds a nice smell to the dough too)

When the dough has cooled off slightly divide into small balls and work in the coloring of choice with hands.  I used a combo of Kool Aid and Food Gel.  You can find food gel at your local craft store in the cake aisle.  I had a lot and the girls wanted pink so the gels worked better.  If you are using the gel, it doesn’t take much to achieve the color.  If using Kool Aid the colors will be subtle, but your play dough will smell yummy!

If you opt for food coloring or the gel and still want your dough to smell nice you can use scented oils, like lavendar or other calming type oils.  That way the kids stay super relaxed when playing with their play dough, wink. 

Once you have made your play dough colors, wrap them up in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.  I happen to find these little containers around the house.  They used to hold paint, which had actually dried out so it was great to re-use for the play dough.


Have fun!!  And I hope your little ones enjoy making (and playing) with their own play dough as much as mine did.

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