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Grinch Themed Play Dough for Preschoolers

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Inside: DIY Grinch Playdough Recipe you can make today! A fun and easy way to bring a bit of Whoville magic into your home.

Get your kids in the holiday spirit this year with this fun Grinch inspired playdough recipe! This is an ideal project for those days you don't have anything planned, and you want to still make it fun.

What you need are some simple ingredients, a dash of creativity, and a grown up with a stove.

How to make grinch play dough

This green playdough is perfect for the holiday season, but it can be made any time of year and enjoyed by all ages. Instead of green, use red to create a Valentine's day play dough,

You'll need a stove for this recipe. If you're looking for a no cook play dough recipe, try my gingerbread recipe.

How to Make Green Playdough for Grinch Themed Play?

To make Grinch playdough, you heat your water up with a stove. Add your dry ingredients, mix, and then kneed on the counter.

Related: Adorable Roll a Gingerbread Man Dice Game for Preschoolers

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How to Make Grinch Play Dough with a red pipe cleaner folded into a heart, and green play dough.

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Do You Need Cream of Tartar in Grinch Playdough?

Not necessarily. While cream of tartar acts as a preservative, it's not essential if the playdough is for short-term use. For longer-lasting dough, or to play it safe, include cream of tartar in your recipe.

Prepare Your Grinch Playdough

I recommend preparing everything in advance. While there's a heating element involved, I usually prepare the playdough when the kids are asleep or out shopping for Christmas gifts with their father.

For optimal freshness and texture, store the playdough in an airtight container. These containers are perfect for this recipe (click here to check the price on Amazon).

Safety note: This playdough is not edible. It might look tempting, but it's not for consumption. Always supervise your kids during playtime.

Please note: You might need to add more flour after this is mixed together, so have more than you need!

Grinch Playdough Recipe

Yield: 2 Cups of Playdough

Grinch Play Dough

Grinch Themed Play Dough

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than with this fun Grinch themed playdough recipe. This simple recipe will grow your heart three sizes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty preschool
Estimated Cost $3


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon oil (vegetable or whatever you have on hand)
  • Food Coloring
  • Scent (Pine, Peppermint, or Orange for a festive smell)


  • Saucepan
  • Air Tight Container
  • Mixing Spoon


  1. Mix together all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) in your mixing bowl. dry ingredients for grinch play dough including flour, cream of tartar, salt, and glitter
  2. Add half cup of water to a saucepan. Begin heating on medium.
    Add water, oil, and food coloring to pan. Add heat, then mix in dry ingredients.
  3. Add oil and food coloring to your water and mix around, then add the dry ingredients to your saucepan, mixing continually. Don't worry about any clumps in this step, you'll be able to fix them in the next step.
    Add dry ingredients and mix until you get lumps, similar to what you see circled in the image.
  4. When all the dry ingredients have been added and clumps begin to form, remove from pan onto floured counter, and kneed until all of the ingredients are mixed well, and it's cool enough for small hands. This is when you will add any scents and glitter.
    Green play dough with a glitter heart in the center
  5. When done playing, put all of the dough into an airtight container to keep longer.


Cream of tartar is used as a preservative. I recommend using it, but the recipe will still work without it. Without it, I wouldn't recommend keeping the dough longer than a few days.

Although it might smell amazing, it tastes awful! Don't eat it please!

Always supervise children when playing with this dough, and a grown up should do the cooking on the stove.

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