Homemade Kids Play Recipe: Apple Pie Play Dough

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mmmmmmm What smells better than freshly baked apple pie play dough!!!

Are you looking for play dough that is a little different to the ones you normally play with?

This recipe contains NO salt and NO flour!

Once ready, I kneaded in some cinnamon and all spice – for a GREAT apple pie smell!!

I was really happy when Emma picked it up and said, “it smells like cake.”

Nailed it!!



This recipe is absolutely silky smooth and soft – I love it!!

A little more sticky than our old faithful Best Play Dough In the World, but really worth making some for a change!!

Apple Pie Play Dough for Kids. A wonderful fall activity!

Here is the recipe:

2 cups baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

1 cup corn flour (corn starch / mazina)

1.5 cups water

1 Table Spoon vegetable Oil

Food coloring – we used red

1 Tablespoon cinnamon + 1 Tablespoon All spice (cake spice / Christmas spice)



Apple Pie Play Dough Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pot – except the spices, the spices get added last when kneading!
  2. If you would like to add food coloring – add it to the water before you start cooking – it is so much easier this way – rather than kneading in at the end!
  3. Stir well before cooking. The corn flour will initially be hard to stir, but it will all come together and turn into a runny liquid.
  4. Put it onto the stove and cook until it turns into a thick mush – and becomes really hard to stir.
  5. It will still be a little more sticky than the play dough will end up once it is cooled and kneaded.
  6. Set aside for a few minutes and knead when cool enough to touch.
  7. At this point if you would like to add an apple pie scent – then add in the spice and knead further.

All that is left to do now is play!!

This play dough can be stored in a plastic zip lock bag in the fridge.

Looking for more Play Dough Inspiration?

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  2. Oranges and Lemons – no cook play dough – Citrus sensory play
  3. The Best play dough in the world – lasts for MONTHS!!
  4. Glitter Play Dough
  5. Pretend Play ‘Cooking’ with play dough
  6. Ice Cream Shop Play Dough
  7. Kool Aid Play Dough – Strawberry & Lime !!! mmmmm smells nice!!


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This Beautiful Apple Pie Play Dough made with NO SALT OR FLOUR is so easy to make and is great for a great sensory activity for children!

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  1. Jacquelyn

    Just made the playough. Everything is great except the color. I used red food coloring and a soon as I added the spices it turned brown pink/grey. How much food coloring did you use? And did you use gel food coloring?

    1. Emma Owl

      Hi! I used red food coloring – I do use the gel as I find it very concentrated. I used just a bit – enough to turn it the shade of pink/red I liked.
      The spices should be added when kneading – when the playdough is made.
      The spices should turn the playdough a little darker and you see little speckles in it, however when I made it it stayed more or less the same color – like in the picture. It definitely should not go pink grey – if you still have no luck with the spices try cinnamon scented oil (a few drops will do the trick!). Good luck.

  2. Kb

    It seems the instructions should say ” All everything to pot Except the spices”. Mine is brown now. Im going to try a second batch and add spices after when I knead it.

    1. Emma Owl

      The spices may affect the color – but ultimately red food coloring is strong and should come out on top? This is a first!. You can always use scented oils as a spice substitute – you can get both cinnamon and spice scented oil – like this one

  3. MonicaHernandez

    my play dough came up really dry and it cracks really easy, any suggestions on how to fix it? I did set up aside a fith of it and I added more oil little by little but still. Another question, how long would it last? does it need to be refrigerated?

    1. Emma Owl

      Hi Monica.
      The easy answer first – it should last for weeks and weeks in the fridge. Make sure it is stored in an airtight container – or zip lock bag.
      Dry play dough usually means that there is not enough water – try a little more – another 1/4 cup.
      Also make sure that you cook it long enough – when the mixture gets really hot it binds better – making it less flakey.
      There are also other play dough recipes to try – the closest one to the store bought play doh is this one:http://www.emmaowl.com/the-best-play-dough-ever/
      Good luck and let us know how you get on!


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