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  1. Loved this. We don’t like the smell of baby powder so we just swapped in corn starch. Had to add a bit more flour to the mix, but it came out great. Thanks! I added lemon essential oil to it and it smelled so clean and fresh the whole time.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      So glad you were able to adapt the recipe and it turned out well! I’ll have to try it with lemon essential oil…it’s one of my favorites!

  2. Hi, I love this recipe,,, I have been using it for many years.
    What can I use instead of baby oil. I don’t have any on hand at the moment

    Thanks You

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      You could try vegetable oil or olive oil. It won’t be quite as soft.

  3. Does this stay soft for a good while? If I make it a week ahead of when I need it for a group, and wrap it up well, will it be ok?

    Also, can I double/triple/quadruple the batch or would you recommend making in single batches?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Yes it does stay soft! I would make it in either a single or double batch.

  4. This is my go to recipe for playdough- It’s soft and lasts a long time!! I havent added essential oils yet–But Im about to make another batch…And I think I will add some this time! Thanks so much!

  5. just made some dough for my 3 yr. old granddaughter! Its the second time using your recipe, turned out fabulous! so soft and pliable! Thank You for sharing. … we’ve got yellow (her favorite color), off to make blue and green!!

  6. Hi, I love this recipe!! I have been using it for many years.
    What can I use instead of baby oil? I don’t have any on hand at the moment


    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Thank you! You can also use vegetable oil.

  7. Hello. I was wondering at what temperature we’re supposed to cook the playdough at?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I usually heat it at low to medium heat. I don’t have a specific temperature…sorry!

  8. This is a great recipe. I am going to try it. Do you find it to be stretchy compared to other recipes you used?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Yes it is a bit more stretchy. It’s not like slime, but it’s stretchier for play dough!

  9. Christine says:

    Thanks for this cool recipe! It still leaves a little grease on my hands while playing. Ive tried everything. Any ideas?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m sorry! I didn’t find the dough to leave grease on my hands, so I’m not sure how to fix that.

  10. I love this play dough recipe! I have noticed however that sometimes when I make it the next day it’ll have a coating of fine white powder, as if an ingredient has come to the surface? Can you advise as to what is causing this. I’m baffled as sometimes it doesn’t!

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I honestly have no idea. I’m guessing it’s the baby powder? You should be able to knead the dough to fix this.

  11. this is THE best play dough recipe i’ve tried yet! so soft 🙂
    & like the idea of adding essential oils for added sensory experience. thank-you for sharing 🙂

  12. Lakshmi Priya says:

    I prepared this play dough, it took me just 5 minutes to make it. My kid enjoyed playing with it. it was super soft

  13. Virpal singh says:

    Unique recipe. .thanks for sharing

  14. Anyone know if Oat flour would work okay?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Hmm I have no idea! I’m sorry. I’ve never have used oat flour.

  15. will this work if you don’t use the stove?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m sorry, but I don’t think it will. Cooking it on a low temperature helps it gel together into the dough.

      1. What temperature/timeframe are you using to cook the play doh? I’d like my students to make this with me next week, but the kitchen is a hot commodity at school, so I’d like to send an adult to do the cooking part.

  16. Would this keep finger prints? I want to do my babies hand prints so it needs to keep fine details… love the idea!

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Hmm I’ve never tried it for finger prints. Usually play dough works for this type of thing, but may take a while to dry. I’m sorry I’m not much help!

    2. Salt dough works for hand and foot prints 🙂 there are plenty of recipes outthere.

  17. Hi
    Just wanted to say that this is a fantastic recipe! I use it frequently including for our playgroup. I replace the baby powder with cornflour (I’m in Australia…maybe cornstarch??) and the baby oil with coconut oil. It smells amazing and it’s fine if any small person decides to taste it! We think it’s the best playdough ever!

    We tried the jelly one. It was nice but went mouldy very quickly. This recipe lasts a whole term….8-10 weeks plus.

    Thanks heaps!

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for the tips and suggestions!

  18. Hello,
    If i omit the cream of tartar will the recipe work?can’t find it here in France !

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      It should work, but it may not last as long. Usually the cream of tartar helps it not mold.

  19. Thank you – just tried this recipe for my 3 year old this morning and it’s definitely the best one we’ve tried!

  20. I am using this for hand exercises for a broken wrist which is just out of plaster. I was told by the physio to buy ‘theraputty’ from the hospital pharmacy. This is graded by colour from soft through to hard but the colour I was told to buy was too stiff for my weak hand and wrist. Not wanting to go back to the hospital to buy a different grade (£7 for a small pot) I checked the web for a soft dough specifically for this purpose and your recipe is perfect for my hand exercises. Very grateful, thanks.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m very happy to hear this!! I wish you a wonderful and speedy recovery!

  21. Brilliant! I made some for my Kinders and they loved it! The baby oil has that lovely smell about it, and we went and picked some herbs and used some spices to colour some of it rather than food dyes. Still useable after a few weeks- am hoping it will last, but with fresh herbs, i’m watching it closely!

  22. Angela Bishop says:

    Thank you so much for the easy to follow recipe. I’m terrible at crafty things and even with using cornstarch it turned out amazing. My kids love it!

  23. THank you so much for this recipe! I have made it for a toddler group and they all say they’ve never played with such a soft dough – love it! x

  24. Hey!
    This turned out great for us. I added some sparkles to the mix. So fun!

  25. How much play doh does it make? Looking to use this for my class and trying to decide how many batches I need to make.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      The recipe is for 1 batch of playdough (one of the colors in the photo). I would say that would be enough for 2-3 children to play with, depending on how much you want them have! Hope that helps 🙂

  26. How long does this play dough last? (if kept in ziplocks of course)

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      It should last for at least a month.

  27. I made this tonight for my preschoolers, and it turned out perfect! It is so soft almost like velvet. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m so happy to hear that! Enjoy!

  28. For those looking for small rollers. You can order them from for only 1.00. Great for baking too. I loved looking through your website and all the different ideas. My kids are grown now but I have 5 grandkids that I can still use these ideas with so thanks.

    1. The “small rollers” are called breyers and can be found in art sections/stores as well.

  29. Could i use corn starch instead of flour? or half flour and half cornstarch plus the baby powder?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I have not tried that, but I would think it would work. Good luck!!

  30. could you replace vegetable oil for the baby oil? my little one loves to sense things with his mouth.

  31. Angela – where did you get your kiddo sized roller?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I believe I got it at Michaels in their cake section. It is for rolling out fondant 🙂

      1. Thanks! My mIL has one and we want one too!

          1. Angela Thayer says:

            Mother In Law 🙂

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