Easy Easter-themed Play Dough: Fun Activities for Kids

Our quick Easter play dough recipe requires only six ingredients and minutes to create! In no time at all you’ll be rolling, stamping, and playing with your play dough creation!

Why we like this project
At home, we love slime, doughs and clays – there’s just something magical about a fun dough project that provides hours of sensory play.

Play dough recipes can be fun for children of all ages to make together, as well as be prepped in advance and placed inside plastic Easter eggs as fillers for Easter baskets or sent on an Easter scavenger hunt! Here’s one that is fun for both!

Find full lists and directions in a printable version at the end of this post for making Easter Play Dough, using these step by step photos and instructions to guide your process. Simply scroll down to print them off!

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well.

Add water and food coloring to a small bowl, mixing until evenly distributed. For pastel coloring effects, add 2-3 drops of food coloring at a time until desired hue is reached. Next add oil.

Add all of the liquid ingredients to a saucepan first, before gradually mixing in dry ingredients.

Heat the saucepan on low to medium heat, while stirring continuously so as to prevent sticking at the bottom of the pot. You want the dough to thicken enough that it can form shapes; when done, you will know when it no longer wets out your hands!

Once it has cooled down, knead your dough until soft. You may need to add drops of water or oil as necessary if the dough doesn’t seem to soften up on its own.

Expert Crafting Tips
The more you play with play dough, the drier it becomes. If it dries out too much, try adding a drop or two of water and knead it back together using your hands. For an alternative option try substituting vegetable or coconut oil instead for water as this may work just as effectively in making play dough soft again.
Storage Container for Play Dough To keep play dough from drying out faster, use plastic wrap or flatten out a flattened plastic bag and remove air before storing in an airtight container.
Cream of tartar is the key ingredient that keeps play dough soft and elastic, helping preserve your dough over time. Together with salt, it provides additional protection for your playtime dough creations.

This pastel Easter play dough recipe makes an engaging Easter basket filler when put into plastic eggs, or is an engaging spring sensory activity to keep kids busy all day!