3 Ingredient Pudding Playdough (Gluten-Free)

This edible pudding playdough only needs 3 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make. It smells great, feels great, and the kids just love it!

a pudding playdough smiley face

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!

Why we love this pudding playdough

I love the thickness of this playdough because it’s great for fun sensory play for the kids.

The recipe is easy to follow and can be doubled without hassle. It’s probably one of the easiest and least “involved” playdough recipes I’ve ever made.

My kids on the other hand love to smell it and their hands afterward. I mean, who wouldn’t? Right? Believe it or not, they actually haven’t tried sampling the dough.

I, however, did take a small taste and am sad to report it’s pretty plain and borning. So it shouldn’t be too tempting for them to eat it even if they did try.

ingredients needed for pudding playdough

Edible playdough ingredients

  • Boxed Jello Pudding
  • Cornstarch
  • Warm Water

What you’ll need to make this homemade playdough recipe

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ingredients for pudding playdough in a glass bowl

Tips for making play dough for kids

There are a few points during the mixing and kneading where it gets a little sticky, keeping your hands coated in cornstarch or adding a light dusting to the counter before kneading there helps to remove the sticky feeling.

You may also not need all of the cornstarch, or you may need to add some. It really depends on a ton of factors including the weather and humidity. I needed to add in 1 extra tablespoon to mine, but I did so at a slow pace so I wouldn’t add in too much. A little goes a long way!

pudding playdough snake next to a smiley face

FAQs about Pudding Playdough

What kind of pudding should I use?

Instant boxed puddings work best, but you can choose any flavor option. Each one gives a unique smell and color, and there are hundreds of options out there!

How long is pudding playdough good for?

It can last for weeks (if not months) if you kept it properly stored in an airtight container and at a safe temperature. But with kids, who can possibly manage that?

Is pudding playdough dairy free?

If the back of your instant pudding says that it is dairy free, then this recipe is dairy free. Great for those with dairy allergies and sensitivities!

How should I store pudding playdough when not in use?

I keep mine stored in a labeled Ziploc bag. You can keep yours in a plastic bag too or even in a Tupperware style container.

a pudding playdough heart

How to make pudding playdough

In a mixing bowl, combine the water, half of the cornstarch, and the instant pudding.

Stir it together with a fork until it comes together and then knead it.

Continue kneading and adding in cornstarch until the dough is soft and fluffy. You may not need all of the cornstarch, or you may need to add in a little.

pudding playdough ball in front of box of pudding

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Pudding Playdough

A super simple edible playdough made with pantry ingredients. Use boxed instant pudding to create a soft, thick playdough that smells incredible.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: gluten free playdough recipe, pudding playdough
Yield: 1
Author: Beeyond Cereal
Cost: $2 USD


  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl


  • 1/4 cup instant pudding (half a 3.4oz box)
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch, divided
  • 1/3 cup warm water


  • In a mixing bowl combine the instant pudding, water and 1/2 of the cornstarch. Stir together with fork.
  • Slowly add in the rest of the cornstarch a little at a time, kneading as you go. At some point you can just dust the counter space with cornstarch and knead there. It's okay if you don't need all of the cornstarch. You just want it a good pliable consistency that isn't too sticky. Too much cornstarch will make the dough crumble.

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    How to make 3 ingredient pudding playdough (it's gluten free!) You're going to love this edible dough recipe made with instant jello pudding. It's safe for kids and smells great too! Perfect for frugal sensory activities.

    You’re going to love how easy it is to make pudding playdough and your kids will enjoy how much fun it is to play with!

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