Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Homemade Play Dough Recipe with Jello!

Commercial playdough is expensive and it stinks! Over the year we will need a lot of it to help develop fine motor skills and there has to be an easier and cheaper way. We have made some playdough ourselves and we would like to share how. Your welcome to try out with your little ones.

It’s super easy to do and as a bonus, it smells amazing!

*note* this is not my recipe, the same recipe is spread over the internet with no credit, best we could find was a Kraft recipe, found here

We will need a dump truck of playdough over the year with homeschool preschool and clearly, we are not going to buy it all. That would be insane! There is a better way and that way is always to make it yourself. Right?  Right! We have chosen the recipe that calls for jello, there are many ways to make playdough and it this way does not suit you please feel free to search around. I find this way the easiest, it smells the best and it lasts the longest. It’s also full of salt so one tiny bit in the mouth and its spit back out!

Right! We have chosen the recipe that calls for jello, there are many ways to make playdough and it this way does not suit you please feel free to search around. I find this way the easiest, it smells the best and it lasts a long time. It’s also full of salt so one tiny bit in the mouth and its spit back out! Perfect! 

What You Need

  • Prep Time 10min
    Total Time 10min
    Servings: 2 cups (500 mL)

Get Started

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small pot. Cook on medium-low heat 5 to 7 min, or until mixture pulls away from the side of the pan and forms a playdough like texture.

Add Ingredients 

Jello & Salt seem to be first up.

Only 3 more ingredients to go.

Oil, cream of tartar and the flour seems to be last.

To be honest, we were rushing this time and didn’t include our little one much, it was getting late and she didn’t want to help. It makes for a longer process but you really should let the little ones do the measuring and mixing. They learn so much from helping in the kitchen. Our daughter has so much fun in the kitchen, even if we do make more of a mess, cleaning up is half the fun!

Keep mixing until most of the lumps are gone and it looks like play doughy.

Once done, place in a small bowl to cool.  We let it stand for about 20 minutes. It looks so delicious you could just eat it..

but DONT.

it will taste horrible. “haha”

Once it has finished cooling, place the dough onto a floured cutting board and let the little ones knead away. Our daughter finally wanted to help and had a lot of fun with this!

After that step is done you are done! Welcome, your new playdough to your family!

The recipe is that easy and I hope you have success.

Now let their little imaginations run wild. Home CEO Academy provides amazing printables to use with playdough all year, and when laminated they will last forever!

Our daughter loved last week (red unit) and this week she was able to build a fish! You may not know but Charlotte LOVES fish! LOVES LOVES FISH! We have had a fish tank ever since she was born and she has been immersed ever since that day.

When everything is all said and done store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  It will keep for weeks in the refrigerator, with daily use. If at any time it starts to be a little sticky, just add more flour. It’s really that simple!

I can’t wait to see what the following weeks have in store for us. The homeschool preschool curriculum is truly amazing and you too can get started with your little ones!


Depending on the age of your little one there are two different curriculums to choose from to totally suit them!

Home CEO Age 2-3 Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

Home CEO Age 4 Preschool Homeschool Curriculum


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