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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. I made this play dough,I thought it was fun. Sorry I don’t have any kids. I wanted to try it out. I enjoy trying new crafts.?

  2. I really love this recipe for play dough at first my play dough kinda looked like mash potatoes but I kept stirring it then I lairs it out and added a little more corn startch and very little flour and I kept kneading it and now it’s soft and feels like play dough my kids enjoyed it with cookie cutters and straws thank you for the recipe

  3. This was a disaster. I followed all the ingredients in the right order and it was left so sticky. I tried adding more cornstarch but this did not help what so ever. This is the worst play-dough recipe I have ever seen. Do not try this unless you want your hands to look like you’ve been playing with mash potatoes.

  4. Idk what we did wrong, but ours is sticky and super soft.????? We couldn’t make molds with it and it also left a nasty film on our hands. My daughter asked me to go back to our old

    1. Hi Jaime,

      I’m so sorry for your troubles! Could it be that you forgot one of the ingredients? Maybe you didn’t cook it quite long enough to form together? Or knead it long enough to get it to form more solid? I’ve made this several times and haven’t run into anything like this, so I’m not quite sure what else it could be.

      Again, so sorry this didn’t work out. If you try it again, please let me know how it went your second time around!

      Good luck!

  5. 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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