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The BEST Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe

October 2, 2018


Here it is...

The BEST gluten free play dough recipe!


This is for all the kids (and their parents) who cant use or make play dough made with wheat. It is for the allergy kids. It is for kids like my own Scarlett who would break out in hives after using store bought versions. It is for kids who like to taste EVERYTHING, it is for parents who like to know that what is being tasted is safe and made with edible ingredients.


The recipe is for the white dry base that can be kept in the cupboard until you would like to make it up.

The dry base will last for over 6 months and then when made up with water will last for a further 6 months in an airtight container.



White base gluten free play dough

110g - Rice flour

70g - Cornflour

70g - Salt

1/2ml (approx 1/4 teaspoon) - Glycerine

1 slightly heaped teaspoon - Xanthan gum 

20ml - Sunflower oil 

1 drop orange oil

1 tablespoon - Cream of tartar 




Mix together salt, glycerine, sunflower oil and orange oil, then mix in the cornflour with your hands.

Run this mix through a sieve (this part is an annoying messy part and takes the most amount of time).

Then add the rest of the ingredients, mix together thoroughly.

You can keep this in the cupboard in an airtight container happily for at least 6 months. 

to make the salt fine which helps with making the play dough smooth, you can mill the salt for a few seconds in a dry bullet blender. 



To make up the play dough for use, add 50ml warm water for every 120g of powder (100ml water for 240g powder) and add a few drops of food colouring. Knead together for 5 minutes and add an extra few drops of water if needed.


To colour:

You can use whatever food safe colouring you prefer, I use the natural colourings from Naturally Cakes as they are made with fruit and vegetable extracts. 

To make brown play dough that smells like chocolate add half a teaspoon of cocoa. To make grey, add half a teaspoon of activated charcoal.


If the play dough becomes dry after play, just add a few drops of water and knead in.



For more ideas, Please take a look at the benefits of playing with play dough and 5 fun play dough activities blog.





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