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Jello Playdough Recipe

Jello Playdough Recipe

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This is a simple Jello Playdough recipe that the kids can make! It smells great thanks to the Jello and is fun for kids of all ages!

jello playdough

I have a confession to make to you. I cannot stand play doh. Mostly because of the smell.

We’ve been talking about making our own play dough for a very long time now. We spent most of our winter break inside due to some very rainy days and we got very bored.

So, no time like the present to try our hand at making some homemade jello playdough.

It couldn’t have been any easier! Plus, the jello makes it smell a lot better too!

How to Make Jello Playdough

You will need: 

  • Flour
  • salt
  • jello packet of your choice
  • oil
  • hot water

Step 1: In a large bowl, add the flour and salt.

Step 2: Mix in jello, hot water and oil

Step 3: Mix it all together!

If you Jello Playdough is too sticky, add in extra flour as needed.

jello playdough

To store your playdough: Be sure to store your homemade jello playdough in an airtight container.

I’ve seen all different types of homemade play dough over the years used as party favors in mason jars or little single serving cups.

A lot of playdough recipes like this I have seen either use cream of tartar or cook the playdough. This recipe involves neither, making it super kid friendly! 

You can make a whole rainbow of homemade playdough! So fun! 

My kids may be tweens now but my daughter still loves sensory activities like making your own playdough. Plus, I love it keeps her off of her screens. 

More Homemade Playdough Recipes: 

Keep the kids entertained with these fun boredom busters: 

jello playdough

Jello Playdough Recipe

Yield: 2
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $2

This is a simple Jello Playdough recipe that the kids can make! It smells great thanks to the Jello and is fun for kids of all ages!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 6-ounce package Jello (your choice of flavor)


  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl.
  2. Add more flour as necessary if your playdough is too wet.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

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