Simple Coffee Playdough Recipe

This super simple coffee playdough recipe is a great way to use up leftover coffee and used coffee grounds in a fun way. This 4 ingredient playdough is as fun to play with as it is to smell!

stacked balls of coffee playdough

Disclaimer: While this recipe is made using edible ingredients found within your home, I do not recommend purposefully feeding your child this product. If they choose to take a lick or small taste they should be just fine, but this product is meant to be something to play with and not to eat. Thanks!

Playdough with coffee grounds

We always have coffee in the house, my daily cup is what keeps me somewhat sane and I just love the smell of coffee, so every time the kids play with this, the room smells incredible.

My daughter loves the way the playdough smells and feels. She especially loves the sounds it makes when she’s laying with it and says, “it’s so satisfying to listen to.” I actually catch her running to play with it for a few minutes just so she can hear that sound.

While this is as much fun as playdough, the texture is very close to that of kinetic sand. This is a great sensory activity for kids to play with!

ingredients for coffee playdough

Coffee ground playdough ingredients

  • Flour
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Salt
  • Cooled Coffee

What you’ll need to make this coffee dough recipe

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coffee playdough shaped into cat head

Tips for making coffee scented playdough

Making this playdough isn’t an exact science. Thankfully there’s wiggle room. Different coffee makers will get your used coffee grounds to be wetter than others while others will get them a tad drier.

You may not need all of the liquid to bring the dough together. So add it slowly. If you find that your dough is too wet, you can add in some flour to help get it to a good consistency.

coffee playdough smile face

What about caffeine?

Okay, not everyone wants their kids playing with caffeine. Some studies have shown that caffeine can be absorbed through skin exposure, so this could actually energize the kids. In this case, use decaf coffee.

How long does coffee playdough last?

If properly stored and cared for this playdough could last for weeks, if not months, just like regular playdough. Keep it stored in an airtight container when not in use.

coffee playdoh steps in collage form

How to make coffee playdough

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add in the coffee grounds and mix well.

Slowly add in the wet coffee and mix after each addition until the dough comes together.

If you add too much, add in a little flour.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it’s a good consistency.

coffee playdough rolled into a snake

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Coffee Playdough

This coffee playdough recipe is so much fun to play with and a great way to use things already in your home. Try it today and see what your kids can create!
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Keyword: coffee playdough, coffee playdough recipe, coffee scented playdough, playdough with coffee grounds
Yield: 1
Author: Beeyond Cereal
Cost: 1


  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup used coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup cooled coffee (more or less may be needed)


  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt.
  • Add in the coffee grounds and mix well.
  • Slowly add in the coffee liquid, you may not need it all. Mix between additions.
  • If you add in too much liquid, you can add in more flour to help bring it back together.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it together until it becomes a playdough consistency. Honestly, it's closer to Kinetic sand texture with playdough like qualities, so don't expect it to be super smooth.
  • Have fun and keep it in an airtight container when not in use.

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