Easy Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe

Try my easy, no cooking, recipe for gluten free dough for sensory fun for those who suffer from allergies and intolerance to wheat or gluten. Fast production, super soft and as fun as the original version! Ready?Gluten free toy dough recipe

Scream! For a long time now, I had intended to try a gluten-free dough recipe as a replacement for mine the best recipe for dough without cooking (By the way, the most popular post on my blog ALL times! Thank you all!)

Many of you have asked for a gluten-free version, even more recently. And then last month I was forced to start a gluten-free diet myself and it immediately reminded me that it was time to try it!

[ Side note: I do have this gloriously soft and squishy 2 ingredient play dough that is also gluten free. It is different in consistency to normal play dough and, although wonderful to play with, only lasts one session. Try this one too for sure!]

DIY recipe for gluten free dough

As with most gluten-free cooking (or I’m just starting to find out), it’s not as easy as replacing gluten-free products with a 1: 1 ratio. Sometimes the result is either very crumbly or strangely rubbery and it’s super frustrating. I just managed to adapt my favorite recipe for a chocolate cake and now I’m a happy girl again!)

To create this recipe for gluten-free toy dough, I had to try several different methods and ingredients until I got as close as I think it is possible to get to a real toy dough. This means that I don’t think it will be 100% identical in texture and durability. That’s the beauty of gluten and what it does after all!

How to make gluten-free play dough

Recipe for making gluten-free dough


1 cup gluten-free plain flour

1 cup rice flour

2 tablespoons xanthan gum

2 tablespoons tartar

2 tablespoons oil

1 cup boiling water (with food coloring or natural coloring)

a few drops vegetable glycerin (Optional, but adds extra stretch and shine!)

Be sure to use real measuring cups such as these when preparing this recipe.

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Watch the video below to find out how to do it, or go to the next paragraph below.


Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Now add the oil and mix. Add either food coloring or natural coloring to boiling water (read my instruction post here on how to make natural coloring from fruits, vegetables and spices!) And mix gently.

Allow to cool slightly. add glycerin and start kneading. Continue kneading until soft, supple and smooth.

Ready to play!

Gluten free toy dough recipe

I made this recipe for gluten-free dough for the first time last week, so I don’t know how long it will last, but I already feel that it will be shorter than standard recipe. I feel that over time it can “harden” in a way that the other does not. To avoid this as much as possible, pack it in an airtight container or container immediately after the game. You can also lay a warm damp cloth on top if it has started to dry out and should come to life a bit!

Let me know how you are doing with this gluten-free dough recipe and if you have any other tips you could add!

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