St. Patrick’s Day Play Dough

Green St. Patrick's Day Play Dough

My kids always enjoy playing with play dough, and this is an easy project you can do to have some fun this St. Patrick’s Day.  I generally don’t like to use cream of tarter in my homemade play dough recipes (since I never seem to have it on hand, and I would rather save), so I picked a recipe that doesn’t require it.  This is a nice sensory recipe since it has a scent and glitter added.


2 cups flour

1 cup salt

2 cups water

green food coloring (you can always use a natural food color)

mint extract / essential oil (optional)

green glitter (optional)

Play Dough Ingredients Green St. Patrick's Day


Mix the flour, salt, and a little bit of green food coloring in a pot.

You can also add a couple drops of peppermint.  Although you may like a strong minty smell, keep in mind that kids may not want as strong of a scent.  We ended up using 3 drops, and my daughter told me that it was too pepperminty, even though I thought the scent was weak.

Play Dough Ingredients Green St. Patrick's Day

Heat your ingredients over low heat, stirring thoroughly. You can add more green dye and peppermint as you go along, if desired.

Continue to stir over heat.  The important thing is to keep mixing and heating until the play dough pulls away from the pot and forms a ball.  If you remove it too early, it will be very sticky.  I learned that the hard way!

Once your dough is ready, allow it to cool enough until it can be handled.  Sprinkle with glitter and knead.

Green St. Patrick's Day Play Dough





  1. 1

    This is a cute idea for organic non-toxic play dough. I guess you could use any food coloring for different seasons. Awesome idea.

  2. 2

    How fun! I love that you used essential oils.

  3. 3
    Birdiebee says:

    Thanks for the recipe. It is very interesting that you added essential oil. I keep hearing so many good things about these oils but never have tried any of them.

  4. 4
    alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    this looks so much fun! would it turn your fingers green though?

  5. 5

    Alicia – I have never had problems with play dough colors getting on our hands.

  6. 6
    ellen beck says:

    Very neat! I also like how it has a smell to it! I used to make play dho all the time so much cheaper than store bought.

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