Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that play dough is great for kids with sensory issues. I happen to be the mom of a child with sensory issues and he absolutely loves to play with play dough. As much as I love the smell of the store bought kind (and I really, really do), I tend to make my own. The thing is when you make your own, you can get really creative with it. I have made dough in all sorts of colors, added sprinkles and my latest creation: Cinnamon Play Dough. This recipe will yield 1 cup of all natural, edible cinnamon play dough and since May 5th is quickly approaching, it is a perfect Cinco de Mayo craft!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup boiling hot water

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Here’s what you do:

1. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon. Whisk until well it’s blended.

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2. Add the coconut oil and stir again until well incorporated. (If your coconut oil is in a solid state, microwave in a small bowl for 20 seconds or until melted).

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3. Slowly add the hot water and stir until the dough soaks up all of the water.
4. Let the Play dough cool for 5 minutes.

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5. Begin to knead the play dough for at least 5 minutes to make it more elastic.

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6. That’s it…ENJOY!!

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You can store your homemade play dough in an airtight container for up to one month. Sometimes I even make an extra batch or two and send it into school with the kids – the teachers are always appreciative.

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Have you ever made your own play dough before? Did you get creative with it?

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  1. Sequins in the South (@CarlsonLaci)

    So easy and fun love this. We will definitely be doing this next weekend yay !!! Thx. Pinned to remember

  2. denisenicosavingsd

    This is so much fun and can’t wait to do it next weekend

  3. Theresa

    I bet it smells fantastic! A lot better than that rubbery scented store bought stuff!

  4. Attachment Mummy

    Ooh, pinning this! Such a great idea for sensory kids, and mine love the smell of cinnamon too. Great idea.

  5. Alli Rutherford Smith

    I’ve never made my own play dough before. I need to let the grandkids help me with this the next time we have a weekend slumber party. I bet it smells good too.

  6. Sarah Bailey

    My Mum used to make play dough all the time as she was a nursery nurse, there is something about warm play dough just out the microwave that is amazing. x

  7. Monica

    The best play dough recipe I’ve seen! I love cinnamon and wouldn’t mind smelling this! Just in time for the kids spring break. Thank you!

  8. Karen Yannacio Morse

    Oooh – that cinnamon twist to the play-doh is genius! It must make the room smell like heaven! I’d want to eat it! haha
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  9. Julie Syl Kalungi

    I bet this smells so good. The girls and I will have so much fun doing this.

  10. 3makesafamily

    This is such an awesome idea! I too HATE the smell of play dough… This will be really fun to make for my baby boy.

  11. Pam

    I hate the smell of regular play dough too! This would be a welcome improvement!

  12. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I’ll be the entire house smells great when the kids are playing with play dough like that. I love the smell of cinnamon.

  13. littlemisscant

    My kids love playing with playdough! We tend to make ours too so we can add colours and different scents. Plus the homemade stuff smells so much better too!

  14. Pam

    I bet that smells so good! And it could easily be made substituting gluten free flour as well.

  15. Liz Mays

    That’s what I was thinking. I’ve never made cinnamon playdough, but I’ve made cinnamon ornaments and they smelled GREAT, so I am imagining this too.

  16. MJ. L

    What a great idea! I would love to have my kids do this!

  17. MELISASource

    That play dough sounds wonderful.I love the smell of cinnamon, so I think this is the perfect thing to make for the kids to play with this weekend.

  18. momknowsbest15

    This dough would smell awesome. I need to make some for my boys.

  19. Debra Hawkins (@wifeeclectic)

    This sounds amazing! My kids love play dough but I usually hate the smell. I am going to have to make some up!

  20. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    It looks like a fun thing to do. My son may be too old for this but my little cousins would enjoy this for sure.

  21. Catherine S

    This is such a great idea. I have never made my own, I will have to make this when my niece and nephew come over.

  22. redheadbabymama

    I can make my own and it will smell like dessert! I love making my own toys at home!

  23. alissa a apel

    This looks great! I have a different recipe, but it doesn’t smell like cinnamon. Your recipe is certainly a perk!

  24. Liz Mays

    If I were a teacher, I would love the unexpected surprise and activity for the kids! That’s so nice of you!

  25. Christine - The Choosy Mommy

    I actually just made my first batch of play-doh this weekend and it was super sticky. I had to keep adding flour to it, but it turned out OK. My 3 year old is super happy with it, so that is all that matters. I’ll have to try this with the coconut oil next time.

  26. Leslie

    I really wish there was recipes like this to play with when I was younger. I bet it smells good too. Which to me is relaxing, maybe not to everyone else. This is such much better than the toxic stuff and I know it smells better.

  27. Ana De Jesus

    I bet this is the best smelling playdough kids have ever smelt, I love cinnamon! I feel like we need to be careful that the kids don’t mistake it for food because it smells that good lol!

  28. workoutwithdi

    how fun! Great project to do with the kids, and something fun for the holidays that are coming up! I used to love play doh as a kid.

  29. Marcie W.

    I love playing with dough almost as much as my kids, but hate the smell of the store bought brand. This cinnamon version is definitely the way to go!

  30. Amy Jones

    Looks fun to make, but i wonder if the cinnamon scent would make the kids wanna eat it? haha.

  31. Lisa Joy Thompson

    I love making our own playdough. I have kids with sensory issues as well and they love playdough and cloud dough. I make a lot of both and add essential oils to make it smell delicious! I’ll have to try it with cinnamon one of these days!

  32. candyolivares

    I love how it looks! I bet the texture feels so nice and I bet it smells delicious!

  33. Rachel Langer

    i just love the smell of cinnamon! I bet even my big kids would like to make this.

  34. Cindy Ingalls

    A play dough that doesn’t smell awful, I’m in. Plus, it doesn’t have anything bad in it, so if the kids try to eat it, you don’t have to worry.

  35. Elizabeth O.

    I always find play dough recipes super fun! This is the first time I’ve encountered one with cinnamon though. That’s a great idea, and the best thing is the smell. The kids will have awesome smelling hands all throughout! Awesome!

  36. Jeanine Macintosh

    This looks awesome. I love homemade play dough…. I bet this one smells just amazing. Cinnamon is one of my fave smells. I will have to try this for my kiddos!

  37. brittany

    Wow this is a great idea! I’m sure this sounds amazing!

  38. wemake7

    This is so awesome. I have yet to make play doh and not sure why. Will have to make this, I bet it smells really good.

  39. Amanda Love

    I sometimes make my own play dough with my daughter. It’s way cheaper than buying at times.

  40. tp keane

    oh my god, are you kidding me? I can smell the wonderful, beautiful aromas from here. I’d let my kids play with this every day.

  41. Teresa | Simply Made Fun

    Oh I bet this smells SO good! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough so I can make him his own play dough.

  42. Rorybore

    Love this idea! With coconut oil and cinnamon, I’d be tempted to eat this kind. I’ve used kool-aid and sprinkles before, and it is amazing, but what a mess it makes. This seems much more user friendly.

  43. uprunforlife

    I bet this playdough smells amazing. I have not tried making my own yet. My youngest has some playdough that he plays with from time to time.

  44. crystal

    How fun! We love DIY projects like this one. I have a feeling homemade play dough will be a hit all summer long.

  45. Bella Bucchiotti

    I have never heard of cinnamon play-doh but it is a genius idea! I bet it makes the whole room smell wonderful.

  46. Franc Ramon

    This is a lot better than commercialized play dough since you know the ingredients. Kids would enjoy this and you can even add different colors.

  47. Lexie Lane

    Never heard that cinnamon play-doh. I need to save this! Thanks for that!

  48. Megan McCoig

    This is a really great idea. I would love the smell, and it’s fun to make with the kids!

  49. Valerie Gray

    My kids love play dough and love helping me make it. I think it would be hard not to eat it. I love cinnamon!

  50. sparkofsouthernmoms

    This looks super easy for kids and parents to make together! Looks like it smells awesome and the idea of doing this, is spot on! Thank you for posting it! I love it!

  51. Nikka Shae

    I used to play with dough all the time when my kids were small. Now I love cinnamon so I wish I made this for them back in the day.

  52. Krystle Chaney Cook

    I bet this playdoh smells lovely. I need to make some with my son. He was just asking yesterday when we could buy more.

  53. Nikki

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Plato made with coconut oil. Great recipe!

  54. Nicole Haas Etolen

    That is so easy and great to do this. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks.

  55. jessicaanderson

    So cool! I’m always searching for new crafts to make with my boy <3

  56. Ana Fernandez

    This would be so fun to do with my nephew!

  57. Angela

    I have never made play doh, but now I think i’m gonna try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  58. Chantal

    I don’t think I have ever bought playdoh, we always make our own. This recipe must smell amazing, can’t wait to try it with cinnamon.

  59. Lara

    A sweet Playdoh makeover! Can’t wait to try this!

  60. Laura

    What other flavors or sweet spins do you have for Play-Doh? I’d love to see what’s next.

  61. Ashley Morton

    For a second I swore I could smell the playdoh through the screen. It’s crazy what a strong scent memory cinnamon invokes. I love the idea of putting this in playdoh.

  62. Heather (@TownsendHouse1)

    I bet this smells divine! How fun! I love to make play dough for my kids, but have never been this creative with it!

  63. Kylee Cooks

    What a great idea! I bet this smells amazing!

  64. Ann BAcciaglia

    Very cool! I’ve never seen a recipe that includes coconut oil. I bet this recipe smells so good!

  65. Kita

    I’m going to try this for a friend’s kid party next weekend. The kids will love and I get to leave and not worry about clean up. Perks of having older kids. LOL

  66. Louise Bishop

    I, too, make my own and have to say, I never thought of flavoring it. Cinnamon sounds like a perfect flavor to start with.

  67. Jill Conyers (@jillconyers)

    What a fun idea. So simple and yet in all the years I’ve made homemade play dough with my kids I never thought of it.

  68. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I made homemade play dough for my little girl before but I didn’t think about adding cinnamon to make it smell wonderful.Great idea! I will do this next time.

  69. Stephanie Pass

    I bet this smells amazing! I remember last year in preschool, my youngest’s teacher made some, and I wanted to take it home with me, lol.

  70. Ashley Brooke Nicholas

    My mother used to make something similar to this when I was a kid! I’ll have to make your recipe with my niece and nephew!

  71. Brandy

    I love the idea of homemade cinnamon play dough, probably makes for it being less stinky when we make it and play with it. Thanks for the idea!

  72. Marvelous Mommy

    I’ve made play dough before but never with cinnamon. I bet it smells amazing!

  73. Nicole Herose Cochingco Escat

    I like the color of the dough. Kids would really love this. This is so cool!

  74. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    What a FUN idea! Would never think to flavor the playdoh!

  75. mary edwards

    I bet this smells fantastic. Can’t wait to try it (and maybe take a taste)

  76. Toni Williams

    The former preschool teacher in me loves this! I bet it smells so good. I think I will try with my nieces this summer!

  77. Amber NElson

    I know that my kids would love this. They love playdoh and doing this at home would be fun to do together.

  78. Shelly @ Behind Blue Eyes

    Ummm, that Play Doh make some want to eat it!! LOL. Play Doh is one of my daughter’s favorite things to play with. We have the different gadgets for it and she thinks it’s really neat to create Play Doh burgers, Frozen characters, etc.

  79. Sara Oberton

    This is a great activity. We have had so much rain in Texas and I’ve been having to dig up some great indoor activities.

  80. laura londergan

    how cool is this? I have made plenty of play dough in my days but never cinnamon – this would be so much better

  81. Michelle

    Such a neat idea, now is the perfect time for me to learn something new and fun with my 6 year old!

  82. Miss Rika Agustini (@thedealmatch)

    My kids love play dough! Love the idea of making our own play dough.

  83. Fashionable Librarian

    I love cinnamon. You guys are something else, how do you come up with these awesome ideas that rock

  84. Roxanne Ferber

    This looks amazing!! Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!! Love it!

  85. Anosa

    What a lovely DIY, I loved playing with play dough as a kid not so much now

  86. Christie

    The smell of cinnamon in my home is always a good thing! My daughter would have a blast with this play dough

  87. Coralie

    This is a fun idea! I never thought of adding cinnamon to it before. Thanks for the fun idea.

  88. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    I used to make play doh too when my daughter was younger. I found it a fun thing to do..and so easy. I didn’t think about using cinnamon. So thanks for the tip!

  89. Lisa Rios

    I have never made a homemade play dough before, but this looks so easy to do. I love that you have used Cinnamon which is so much favorite & I would love to try this at home.

  90. Denea

    My son loves to lick his play dough and I always take it from him! This would be perfect for him! Im not sure why he loves to lick the play but at least this will taste better! Thanks!

  91. Michelle Stewart

    I’ve tried making Christmas ornaments with cinnamon dough before and it was fun. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  92. Marielle Altenor

    This is the first time seeing a play dough recipe using cinnamon. Interesting actually! I’ve never made my own either.

  93. Katrina Latasha McClain

    I can see those driving me crazy with wanting to pop them in the oven and cook them into cookies. Lol.

  94. mhaan.a-ds

    I bet that play dough smells yummy and delicious! Can’t wait to try this!

  95. Colette S

    I bet that smells so very good!
    I’d want to add color to it!

  96. Sargas

    Wow I really love this. It would be great sharing this with your kids making their own too. This would be a great experience. I my self did not know this. I will surely make one for my self and enjoy with my kids.

  97. indah nuria Savitri

    My kids love play dough as well..it’s great to make them ourselves. I just need to make sure that we keep them properly

  98. indah nuria Savitri

    My kids love play dough as well. Great to know we can make them ourselves. I just have to make sure they are stored properly

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