Gluten Free Play Doh

Pink Lady Liberty by artist Daddy

It was a rainy, rainy day, and I said to Bunky, how about we make some gluten free play doh? And she said, yes. What color should we make, I asked, and she said, pink, pink, pink!

That’s us playfully retooling the first scene from one of B’s favorite books, Pinkalicious. In the book the girl and her mom make pink cupcakes, but we were in the mood for play doh.

This recipe is easy to make and fast. Just throw together some pantry items and you’re good to go.

We like artificial food coloring in ours, but you could use a natural kind (like tumeric or boil up and strain some berries) or add glitter for texture and sparkle.

GF Play Doh recipe


1 cup of rice flour

1 cup of corn flour/corn starch (it adds the stickiness)

4 tablespoons of cream of tartar (not pictured above, but very necessary!)

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

1 cup of salt

2 cups of boiling water

Food coloring, glitter, colored sand, or other bits and pieces to make the dough more fun!


Put water on the stove to boil. Mix all the ingredients (except food coloring and/or glitter) in a large bowl.

Add boiling water carefully (and have kiddos step back). Mix it up well with a spoon, then add food coloring and/or glitter. Use rubber gloves or cover your hands with medium-sized ziplock bags to protect them from the heat, as the mixture will be quite hot after adding the boiling water. Keep stirring and kneading until it forms the right consistency and color. Play doh will cool relatively quickly, but test first before giving it to small humans.

*Kids can help mix everything BEFORE adding the boiling water, then it should be adults only. I let Bunky drop in the food coloring, but I do all the kneading since it’s too hot for little hands. Or adult hands for that matter, even if they’re covered with plastic baggies, so be careful yourself, too!

My husband was quite proud of his pink Statue of Liberty.
Tell me about your favorite play doh accomplishments, or your child’s! Bunky loves to roll hers into long snake families, the mommy and baby, or her new favorite, big sister and baby.

4 thoughts on “Gluten Free Play Doh

  1. This will be fantastic for my little guys 🙂 Thanks for sharing! My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here:
    Thanks, Cindy

    • Thank you Cindy! I’d love to link up my recipes at your GF Fridays. And I just checked out your site and realize we are both big fans of Better Batter. I just ran out of my (second) 5 lb bag and need to buy more asap. In my post about GF flours (part 2) that I’m currently writing, I am comparing costs of buying bulk flours online, and so far BB wins for great value and cheapest shipping. I hope your little guys enjoy the play-doh! It really is so easy and fun to make. One thing I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t totally dry out your hands like many homemade recipes (with too much salt) can. Let me know how it turns out! -Dana

  2. Thanks for stopping by and linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays recipe party! I appreciate it! We had over 110 recipes! We hope that you stop back next week to help make it a huge success again! 🙂 I have tweeted and pinned your entry to the Gluten Free Fridays board on pinterest! 🙂 So awesome we are both BB lovers!! 🙂 I write their Menu Monday ‘ What’s Cooking?’ you’ll have to hop on their site tomorrow and check it out 🙂 SO happy to connect!!!

    • Thanks so much for including me in the GF Friday recipe party! I’ll definitely be contributing going forward. I have a new recipe for a Dunkin’ Donut knock off muffin I’m working on… I just saw you on BB’s Menu Monday! Great to have a weekly menu plan since I often struggle with the inevitable question, “what’s for dinner?” and pretty much every other meal 🙂

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