3 Easy Play Doh Ideas! #RISEtipoftheweek

November 29, 2018

  Play doh is one of those classic items that can be engaging and fun at ALL ages!  From the littlest ones poking their fingers into the gooey dough, to the older kids creating elaborate sculptures... the possibilities for PLAY and CREATIVITY are endless!  

   At the Rise School of Austin, many of our teachers make their own play doh using simple ingredients, and often include the students in the process of making it!  At first glance, play doh might not appear to be a 'complex' toy, but in reality, play doh is an amazing vehicle for enhancing a number of developmental skills such as fine motor skills, language development, and social and emotional skills.

  We asked our teachers what their go-to play doh recipes are, and they happily shared some of their favorites below!  Bonus: these recipes are PERFECT for the holiday season! You can also add  a variety of scents, colors, and even small items (beads, acorns, sticks) to the play doh mix to create a full-on sensory experience!


Keep reading for 3 unique play doh recipes to try out during this festive holiday season!  


'No cook' Pumpkin Pie Play Doh 


  • Salt

  • Flour     

  • Oil

  • Water

  • Pumpkin pie spice OR apple spice

  • Food coloring 


Step 1: Put 2 cups of flour to a bowl.

Step 2: Add 1 cup of salt.

Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of oil.

Step 4: Add ½ cup-1 cup of water.

Step 5: Mix in food coloring and spices! Red/yellow food coloring and pumpkin pie spice for pumpkin pie play doh.  Red food coloring and apple spice for apple pie play doh!  

*If the play doh is too sticky, add more flour.  If it’s too dry, slowly add more water.  Happy playing! 



Gingerbread Man Play Doh


  • 1 cup Flour

  • 1/4 cup Salt

  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar

  • 1 cup Water

  • 1 1/2  or 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil ~ I have used both measurements successfully and love how soft it makes the dough feel.

  • 1 – 2 tsp ground Cinnamon

  • 1- 2 tsp ground Ginger

  • 1 tsp ground Nutmeg

  • 1 tsp ground Cloves


Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan.

Step 2:  Stir until your mixture resembles cake batter.  It may still have a few lumps in it at this point.

Step 3:  Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly.  It shouldn't take too long for the mixture to thicken..continue stirring.

Step 4:  Once the mixture forms one large "clump" you are good to go.  Simple remove the dough from the heat, and knead by hand until smooth.  (Wait for it to cool before letting little fingers touch it!)



Sugar Cookie Play Doh


  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour

  • 1/2 Cup Salt

  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar

  • 1 Cup Water

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Extract


Step 1:  In a medium sauce pan, mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar together then whisk in the water, oil, and extracts until smooth.

Step 2:  Place over low heat and stir until it thickens and becomes hard to stir.  When it is ready, it tends to form a ball (4 minutes).

Step 3:  Remove to a heat safe surface and knead a few times before setting aside to cool.  Stir in an air-tight container.  

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