How to make homemade Play Dough Recipe Ideas (Edible) and Pistachio Experiment

Ever wonder how to make play dough at home

We love to play with squishy dough. It is great for sensory play, especially when it has a scent. This recipe for how to make homemade play dough (Play-doh) is scented and edible, but not very tasty. Enjoy?

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Scented Play Dough for a true Sensory experience.

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Our homemade Play-doh is edible, and we've come up with some scent, sensory recipe ideas that are edible- not too tasty, but oh so good smelling! Think of it as a fun, pistachio science experiment and see how long it lasts.

How to make homemade Play Dough Recipe Ideas (Edible) and Pistachio Experiment

Bake up some play dough fun with this easy recipe for kids. They can make it themselves and experiment with different ingredients. Older kids will enjoy it too. Add baking soda to make it interesting or cornstarch to make it like moon sand!

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Mixing the flour and oil.
My twist: Pistachio Pudding Play Dough.

Every kid blogger seems to  needs to have a play dough recipe on their blog- at least that's what they tell me. It's what your readers want. So, when you write yours, give it your personality. Pretend like you're on the American Idol for Mommy Bloggers and make it your own. 

Let's face it, play dough is like the wheel, but you can make it better or give it a new twist. Just don't copy someone else's, and call it your own. It tends to ruffle their feathers.

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Kool-aid and Pudding scented play dough.

I always use whatever I find in the kitchen- no beautiful, perfect rainbow here. From far Left: Grape Kool-aid Powder, Pistachio Pudding, Leprechaun Green, Neon Purple and Red Food coloring marbled together.

Shelf life of my play dough probably isn't too good, especially if you make the edible version. Store it in the fridge to make it last a little longer and also to give it a cold sensory sensation for Sensory Play

When I plan a new idea, I try to think like a writer and design like a kid. How does this project affect the senses? What does it feel like? Can it make a sound? Can I taste it? Does it smell? What does it look like? Does it look palatable? Does it look yucky? Either is good for Sensory Play Based Learning.

*Update:  Two weeks later the un-refrigerated Kool-aid/Baby Oil dough still in perfect condition. Pistachio dough is a little dry, smells great but nuts have turned black. Probably molded.

This is the BEST Knock-off Play-doh RECIPE I've found, but it's more work than I like to attempt in a given day. If you want the real thing check it out. If you're lazy make my easy play dough recipe for kids below.

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Sticky, Pistachio Pudding Play Dough. Let it air out for an hour or so before using.
It may be messy, mushy, and gooey (great for the senses) but it smells divine.

Easy Play Dough Recipe

EXPERIMENT for kids to make

2 c. cornstarch (I didn't have corn starch; I used regular flour)
1 c. salt (I only had 1/2 c.)
1 1/2 cups boiling water (I just used 1 c. hot tap water)
2 tablespoons cream of tartar (I'm all out so, none)
2 tbs. vegetable oil (Okay, if you want it to be edible, but if you want it to be awesome scented and texture use a 1/4 c. of baby oil)
Food coloring (I used grape Kool-aid no one likes to drink it, but it smells great! I also used pudding. If I were you, I'd try any flavor but pistachio- it has nuts! You could pick them out. Mayhem thought they were fun to play bakery with- more like real food. She's six.)
Mix oil, salt, and flour first (tartar if you have it). Use your hands to feel the consistency. Then add water slowly until desired texture. Divide into 4 balls, separate into Ziploc bags and mix in coloring of choice. You may need to add a little more flour or cornstarch. Our Kool-aid ball was too wet until we added more flour to the bag.
Now knead in a few drops of food coloring. Mold into balls and let settle on wax paper for about 15 minutes. Then play!

I prefer the baby oil texture it seems to help preserve the flour.

Recommended Reading:

12 Things to do with Play Dough

The Crayon Box that Talked

Here are some ideas to play with your new dough:

More Recipe Variations for Dough.
The real story of Play-doh.
Melted Crayons in Soap Molds?


Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.