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3 Ingredient Play Dough to Make in Minutes

Play dough is one of my favorite homemade crafts to make with my kids. Especially since it’s so easy to whip up and brings instant fun for hours. There are a few recipes I’ve shared here before, but this recipe for 3 ingredient play dough using baking soda and cornstarch is the best! Read on for more details.

Making 3 Ingredient Play Dough in 5 Minutes

Here’s the quick and easy recipe for homemade play dough, you’ll have it ready in 5 minutes! Watch our video to see just how easy it is. Follow the recipe and instructions below to make it today!

3 Ingredient Play Dough to Make in Minutes:


  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • optional: 2-3 drops of essential oils are fun to add in
  • optional: 4-5 drops of food coloring

3 Ingredient Play Dough Supplies in 5 Minutes



1. In a saucepan with NO heat, add the cornstarch, baking soda, water and stir.

2. Place your saucepan on the stove top and turn your heat to medium.

Make Play Dough in 5 Minutes with 3 Ingredients

3. Continue stirring the mix constantly. It will start to bubble slightly and that’s when it happens really fast. It will begin to turn solid. Once a ball starts to form (4-5 minutes) take your pan off the heat.

Making Play Dough in 5 Minutes with 3 Ingredients

4. Place your dough onto a piece of parchment paper or a silicone mat. Let it cool, it will be very hot. To speed the cooling process, flip it over and knead it a bit as it’s cooling down. Be careful, it’s HOT.

Making Play Dough in 5 Minutes with 3 Ingredients

5. Once your dough is cool you have the option of adding in a food coloring or a scent. Option: add 2-3 drops of essential oil, we used lemon, and knead it into the dough. Option: add drops of food coloring to your desired colored, even 1 drop will give it some color.

Adding Lemon Essential Oils to Homemade Play Dough

That’s it, super easy! Now it’s time to play. Get out the cookie cutters, lollipop sticks, and plastic utensils and have some fun creating! Your kids are gonna love this.

How to Make 3 Ingredient Play Dough for Kids

Play with Homemade Play Dough Using Only 3 Ingredients

You can add colors, smells, and textures to your play dough to enhance your play dough play.

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3 Ingredient Play Dough Recipe to Make

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  1. Thank you for the simple recipe! I’m going to make this for my daughter today!! How long will it stay softened? Do you suggest any way of storing it?


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