Natural Fruit Play Dough Recipes

It’s very easy to make these natural fruit play dough variations. Full of scent, these fruity play dough recipes are perfect for sensory seekers!

First, you’ll have to make the all-natural play dough. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (baby oil or coconut oil work too)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of boiling water (adding in increments until it feels right)
  • gel food coloring (optional)
  • few drops of glycerin (secret ingredient for strength and shine!)


  1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add food coloring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  3. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  4. Add the glycerin (optional)
  5. Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  6. If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right

After making a batch of plain play dough, add 1-2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed juice and knead it thoroughly until no longer sticky at all. Add a small sprinkling of plain flour if needed. For the raspberry and blackberry variations crush 3 small fruits and add them to the dough itself at the final stage. Pips, pulp and all! This makes an interesting texture but also beautiful natural coloring. When making the lime, clementine and lemon variations add a couple of teaspoons of freshly grated zest to the dough in the final stages. This really makes the scent incredible!

Let us know how you love these fun, vibrant play dough recipes!

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