Homemade Gluten-Free Playdough

Playdough is one of those classic children’s activities that can provide hours of fun and help your child develop many skills. Unfortunately, commercially made playdough usually contains artificial fragrances and colourants, many of which are petroleum-based, as well as borax and preservatives. That’s why I make my own playdough for my children. The simple recipe below (adapted from Wellness Mama) is also gluten-free, so it’s perfect for those who have a gluten allergy.  Plus, it’s a fun activity to do with your kids. Not only do they get to play with playdough, they get to make it themselves!

The shelf life of the playdough is quite long. We keep ours around for a few months at room temperature without any problems. You can also keep it in the fridge to further extend its shelf life.


  • 1 cup gluten-free flour mix (or rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tarter
  • 2 tbsp fruit, vegetable or spice powder of your choice for colour. Here are some suggestions:
    • Red: Beet root powder
    • Orange: Paprika powder
    • Yellow: Turmeric powder
    • Green: Spinach powder
    • Brown: Cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, sunflower oil, or another liquid oil
  • 1 cup warm water


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Add oil and water.
  3. Stir together with a silicone spatula.
  4. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes until it forms a ball.
  5. Remove from heat and turn the ball out onto parchment paper.
  6. When it is cool enough to handle, knead ball for several minutes until it is smooth.
  7. Store in an airtight container. Storing it in the fridge will extend its shelf life.
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