Apple Cider Gluten Free Play Dough

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My kids love getting creative with play dough. But play dough that smells like fall? That's a sensory experience that can't be beat.

And how about a gluten free play dough?

When we first learned that we had to be gluten free in our house, saying goodbye to the crispy bread with the soft inside was a given. Limited menus and desserts, a way of life.

But I didn't realize just how many other things contain gluten.

Including traditional play dough.

Devastation ensued one day as we walked into Sunday School and my children realized they couldn't participate in the craft because of the gluten in the play dough. It wasn't worth being “glutened” for a few minutes of play time.

Had I known ahead of time, I could easily have made this recipe.

Yep, this recipe for apple cider gluten free play dough meets all of my mom requirements for sensory, exploratory fun.

If you've never made your own play dough, no worries. It's about the easiest thing you could cook on the stove, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand already. If you don't, I've included affiliate links from Amazon in the ingredient list.

If you like this recipe for gluten free play dough, you'll love this one for Pumpkin Spice gluten free playdough too!


Apple Cider Gluten Free Play Dough

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
5 drops yellow gel food coloring
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice


1. Mix together your yellow food coloring, water, and vegetable oil in a medium sized pot

2. Now mix in your baking soda, cornstarch, cinnamon, and apple pie spice


3. Turn your burner to medium-high heat and stir your mixture with a long wooden spoon


4. You will see your mixture begin to bubble, get thicker, and then turn into a large dough ball


5. When your mixture become hard to stir, like your stirring cookie dough, take your pot off the heat and scoop your dough onto a piece of parchment paper and let cool (it will be very hot)

6. Once your dough is cooked, you can begin kneading the dough in your hands, roll your dough out, and use cookie cutters to play with your dough

apple cider playdough gluten free play dough

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  1. Oh wow, how cool is this?! I never knew that you could make Play Doha from apple cider, how brilliant! I will definitely be making some for my kids asap, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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