Playdough Recipes

for preschool arts and crafts



The following playdough recipes are easy to prepare for your preschool activities. Don't forget to keep a good stock in your art supplies and include it in your preschool lesson plans as part of your arts and crafts session.



Edible PlayDough - no cooking

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups powdered milk
  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • Oatmeal (to reduce stickiness)
  • Cocoa for added flavor


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Place on wax paper
  • Knead gently till required texture

    Optional ingredients for decorations / play

  • Colored chocolate rice sprinkles
  • M&M twinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins
  • Cereal – Cheerios, Cornflakes….etc
  • For a white surface, sprinkle icing sugar on the shaped product





  • No need to cook Playdough

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Food coloring / Kool Aid Crystals


  • Mix all dry ingredients.
  • Add water to dry ingredients slowly while mixing
  • Knead till required texture.
  • Add more flour or water as required.
  • Store in an airtight container, zipblock / refrigerator


  • Playdough recipe - with cooking:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 1 cup warm Water
  • 1 Tsp vegetable oil
  • Food coloring – just a drop or two (optional)


  • Mix all ingredients in a saucepan
  • Cook over medium heat till dough is stiff
  • Remove from heat and cool till you can hold in your hand
  • Place on wax paper
  • Knead it 3 – 4 times
  • Store in an air tight container or in the refrigerator





  • Easy Clay recipe - without cooking

  • 8 slices of day-old white bread
  • 1 /2 C. White Glue
  • Food coloring
  • Flour – just a sprinkle
  • Wax paper


  • Remove crusts from bread.
  • Break bread into small pieces and put into a mixing bowl.
  • Pour glue over the bread and mix well
  • Remove and place dough on wax paper.
  • Dust work surface with a little flour
  • Knead gently for about 5 mins
  • Add coloring and knead to the desired texture & shape
  • Air dry or leave overnight in unheated oven.
  • Drying time varies with size & thickness.
  • Use acrylic paints for more desired colors.
  • Finish with a coat of gloss varnish.



  • Check out more preschool crafts ideas

    Easy and Colorful Art for Preschoolers

    Special crafts for Birthday Parties



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