playdough: Cotton Candy Playdough

cotton candy playdough

Well, it CAN get better than CHOCOLATE Playdough, introducing Cotton Candy Playdough!

I {LOVE} making playdough!  And V {LOVES} to see what I come up with – “make pay-dough mama” :):):)

I used the same cotton candy liquid flavoring I used in the Cotton Candy Cake Cookies to make this playdough.

It’s super pretty & looks just like cotton candy, especially when you swirl the blue & pink together!

And it smells sooo good, too, good enough to eat!  But don’t eat it – ewww – and make sure if you decide to do this recipe your kiddos are old enough to understand that this is a toy, not food.  It may be confusing to them if they are too little (because I’ll tell you now, it’s nothing like store-bought playdough, and can easily be confusing to the young lads because of the smell & texture :)

cotton candy playdough




  1. In a saucepan, whisk together the flour, salt, & cream of tartar.
  2. Blend water & food coloring in separate bowl.
  3. Add colored water mixture to dry mixture and whisk until smooth and blended.
  4. Add scented flavoring.
  5. Place saucepan over low heat and stir continuously until it forms a ball – about 7 minutes (it will be impossible to stir).
  6. Remove dough from saucepan onto a mat and knead it several times while warm.
  7. Play immediately with dough or store in a sealed container for later play.
  8. Although it may be tempting – DO NOT EAT PLAYDOUGH ;)
  9. Seriously – y’all don’t eat the playdough! :)

Oh & if you have tried any of my playdough recipes in the past (chocolate playdough & kool-aid playdough), this recipe is different, just a tad.  I experimented a little.  The composition is a little more textured than the other two, but I like them both :)

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  1. I’m wondering about how long this would last, before, if, it became rotton/too sticky to play with? Reason I’m asking is because I was hoping to include some homemade play dough as favors at my daughter’s birthday party. I didn’t know if it was best if I made this the night before, and if I had to advise people to keep it in the fridge?

    • Hi Katie!
      It lasts longer when it is stored in a sealed container. Typically my homemade playdough, last approximately 2 months if stored tightly in a sealed container immediately after play. It is not necessary at all to refrigerate it. If it’s let set out it hardens just like regular store bought playdough. What I always do for parties when playdough is included, is like you said, make it the night before (the freshest always feels & smells the best). I would then separate the batch into the favor portions for each kid & then store it their own small GladWare container like these ( They usually come in multiple packs & are sold at Walmart & Target. You can wrap them up with ribbon or even have your daughter help you decorate them with Washi Tape too. Hope that helps. xx Happy Birthday to your daughter :)

  2. These were featured today on Serenity Saturday Link Party @

  3. I love the colors – looks just like cotton candy. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase! :)

  4. Mmmmm I love cotton candy. Too bad it’s not edible, lol!

  5. Love this! I am featuring it on my Kid’s Co-op Roundup! :)

  6. Hi, silly! You already know how much I want to make {and maybe eat a little} this, but wanted to let you know I’m featuring you again at this week’s party! :)

    • Hey babe! I “SUPPOSE” you could eat it if you wanted to, but I think the cotton candy cookies might treat your digestive system a little more kindly ;) Thanks for the feature mama – I’m so very grateful :)

      xx ♥ m

  7. This looks almost good enough to eat! Thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party!

  8. I can’t wait to try and make my own playdough! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  9. Wowsa! Playdough is my favorite! As a Child & Adolescent Therapist, I get to be around it almost every day! I love new recipes for creative doughs and this is the FIRST of this kind I’ve seen! I love it! SWOONING!

    Wendy @Kidlutions

  10. I swear I can smell it through my monitor! I can’t wait to try this out! Probably more so for me than the little one ;)

  11. But…I really WANT to eat the playdough…
    I would love to have you add this to a collective link party I co-host, Eat Make Grow:
    I host along with two other bloggers, so one link shows up on all three blogs, and we feature a couple of bloggers each week. We’re always looking for great content like this! Hope to see you over there.

  12. Where do you get the cotton candy flavoring?

  13. The cotton candy flavoring must smell really good. It looks pretty too. I will have to try this recipe when they are old enough to know that not everything that smells good enough to eat should be eaten. Thank you for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

  14. You should link this up at my first LINK PARTY also!

  15. Amazing! It really does look like cotton candy, especially the mixed variety. What a fun play thing. I’ll be trying homemade playdough with my daughter in a few weeks and will definitely keep your recipe in mind.

  16. These are such pretty colors. Just hope that she doesn’t eat it. Really cool!!! – as usual!!!


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