One of our favourite materials for play is playdough. We love our easy homemade playdough recipes but some of them can be boring! So, we’ve got this amazing Jell-o Playdough Recipe that you can make at home and it looks great, smells amazing and it also lasts.

coloured playdough madde at home with Jell-o on a white background

Homemade Jell-o Playdough

Because we wanted a playdough recipe that lasts we have used cream of tartar in this recipe.

box of berry blue jell-o next to the homemade playdough created with the recipe

The cream of tartar acts like a preservative and makes the playdough soft when stored in a pot for longer.

pretty yellow lemon scented play doh stars with a cutter

As my children wanted a multitude of different colours of playdough we produced amazing rainbow of colours with different packets of Jello.

balls of colourful play dough made with jell-o alongside 2 boxes of the jell-o

Coloured and Scented Jelo Playdough Recipes

With boxes of different flavours of Jell-o we were able to make

red cherry playdough with a heart cutter and rolling pin ready for play
  • Red Cherry Scented Playdough
  • Orange-Scented Playdough
  • Yellow Lemon Scented Playdough
  • Green Lime Playdough
  • Bright Blue Blueberry Playdough
  • Vibrant Violet Grape Playdough

With no need for food colourings you have coloured and gorgeous scented playdough as well.

3 lime green playdough balls made with jell-o and a simple playdough recipe

The gelatin in the Jell-o also makes this is a little more similar to store-bought playdough than other homemade recipes.

orange playdough with a circle cutter

You can of course use which ever flavour jello you have to hand to make this play dough at home.

purple playdough ready for play with a heart cutter on top

If you love how this Jell-o playdough smells and looks then you’re going to love our homemade Kool-Aid Playdough too!

More Playdough Recipes to Try

Playdough as we said is one of our favourite materials to play with. And we have 2 other recipes that you really should try as well as our no-cook playdough one (linked at the top)

Edible Play Dough Recipe made with marshmallows
A simple 2-ingredient, super soft and smooth apple scented playdough recipe and suggestions for math-based activities for toddlers and preschool kids.

recipe for homemade no cook chocolate playdough without cream of tartar

A simple recipe for edible playdough that really is edible. This is not just taste safe your kids can actually eat the playdough as they play.

Really quick and easy 2 ingredient apple scented playdough perfect for some autumn play activities and counting games.

Using our homemade playdough recipe you can make amazing chocolate playdough at home. It smells like chocolate, looks like chocolate but won’t melt in your child’s hands.

a stack of coloured and scented playdough ready to use made at home with packed of Jell-o
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How to Make Homemade Jello Playdough Recipe

An easy recipe for coloured and scented Jello playdough ideal to make for kids play.
Active Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Play Recipe
Cuisine: Playdough
Keyword: homemade playdough, Jello Playdough, Play Dough, play materials, playdough
Yield: 1
Author: Cerys Parker

Equipment

  • Small Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon

Materials

Instructions

  • Add the water, flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, and Jello to a small sauce pan. Stir to combine the ingredients.
    step 1 homemade Jell-o Playdough
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. When dough begins to form, remove from heat.
    Jell-o Playdough forming in the pan
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Allow to cool slightly, then knead the dough until smooth.
    grape scented purple homemade playdough
  • Allow to cool completely before playing.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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