Jello Play Dough


Jello play dough

I received this play dough recipe as part of an end of year gift exchange in Arnan’s music class at Be Sharp Beetles last year. It turned out to be a great play dough recipe – I used it both to make a Christmas gift for my nephew and in the party buckets, with a cute plastic cookie cutter, for Arnan’s first birthday party – and the dough was a hit with all who received it. The jelly (American jello) gives the play dough a great spongy texture, as well as colour and scent. It is entirely edible, if a bit salty, so it’s kid-safe.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 80g jelly (any flavour)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium pot
  2. Stir over low to medium heat until the mixture thickens and clumps together into a ball, pulling away from the sides of the pot
  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface dusted with flour
  4. Allow it to cool for a minute
  5. When the dough is cool enough to touch knead it for a few minutes to ensure enough elasticity is built up
  6. Let the dough cool completely before storing in an air-tight container

General Playdough Tips:

  • If you want to alter the colour, or enhance the colour, add some food colouring
  • Glitter or fine, brightly coloured craft sand adds nice texture, and using a contrasting colour can really make the play dough fun
  • If the dough begins to dry out you can knead a bit of water into it again
  • If it gets soggy you can reheat the play dough to evaporate the extra water

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