Princess Play Dough (with Video)

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A fun play dough gift idea, this Princess Play Dough Mason Jar Gift is super soft and squishy and is prettily packaged in mason jars with princess labels. It’s a great homemade gift idea for kids who love sensory play and all things princesses!

A super soft and squishy homemade play dough packaged to be the perfect gift for a little princess! This princess play dough mason jar gift is a thoughtful homemade gift that will encourage hours of creative sensory play.

Princess Play Dough Recipe

With all of the social media trends and marketing around kids’ activities, sometimes we forget about the classics.

Play dough is one of those universally loved sensory play activities because it is so versatile, fun to play with and it’s cheap and easy to whip up a fresh batch.

I love watching all of the creative ideas that my daycare kids come up with while playing with play dough – it really lets their individual personalities shine. Plus, it has an amazing array of benefits including developing hand and finger muscles, allowing children to explore descriptive language and of course, co-operative play in sharing our play dough and play dough tools.

Today, we’re sharing a fun play dough gift idea. Homemade play dough is packaged in little mason jars and topped with our free printable princess labels to make a special gift. You can also include a few favorite play dough tools along with this the play dough – my preference is for kid-safe versions of everyday kitchen tools.

While I tend to make no-cook play dough recipes, I used a cooked play dough recipe for this princess play dough since we knew we would be gifting it. Cooked play dough lasts a lot longer than no-cook versions – it can last up to three months if stored in an airtight container, like these mason jars.

Is play dough safe to eat? While play dough is considered taste-safe for toddlers who may sneak a small sample (thanks to all natural, food-based ingredients), play dough is not safe to eat in large quantities due to the large amount of salt in the recipe. So, don’t freak out if they sneak a taste, but try to encourage not eating it (though most will be deterred by the strong salty taste if they do give in to their curiosity.)

How do I keep play dough soft? This play dough will stay soft for over a month if stored in an airtight container thanks to the cream of tartar. It should last for up to three months and will slowly get harder towards the end of that time.

 

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Check out our quick video to see how to make this easy homemade play dough for yourself – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free princess labels and printable instructions:

Princess Play Dough Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cream of Tartar <– I buy the big container or from a bulk store as those little jars are so expensive! A bulk container will last us for months of play dough making – and can also be used for soft sugar cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, etc.
  • Food Coloring <– this set of food coloring has lasted me forever and I love that it creates highly saturated colors with just a drop

For Packaging the Play Dough:

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: if gifting this play dough, it’s a great idea to write out the recipe on an index card or print out our recipe card at the bottom of the post so that the recipient can make more when this play dough starts to harden.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Large Saucepan
  • Whisk or Wooden Spoon
  • Mason Jars, for Storing

How to Make Princess Play Dough Gifts

Place all the ingredients together in a big pot.

Stir well and then put it onto the stove over medium heat.

Stir frequently as the mixture heats up, making sure to get down to the bottom of the pot so the play dough doesn’t burn.

It will take about 3-4 minutes for the play dough to start to form and not appear runny.

Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool until comfortable to touch.

Fold out onto a clean surface and knead for 2 minutes, adding additional flour or oil, as needed.

Divide the dough and knead in food coloring now, or you can add it with the water in the dough making process and just make a separate batch for each color.

Print off the play dough princess labels and glue to the top of your mason jars.

Portion the play dough into the mason jars and seal with princess lids.

Add additional embellishments, like ribbons or name tags, onto each jar.

 

Pin this Easy Homemade Gift Idea for the Little Princess in your life:

How to make princess play dough - the perfect homemade gift if packaged in mason jars using our free printable princess labels. A thoughtful homemade gift that will encourage hours of creative sensory play

Grab your free printable recipe card for how to make our princess play dough – and don’t forget to grab your free printable princess labels:

Yield: 6 Mason Jars

Princess Play Dough

Princess Play Dough

A super soft and squishy homemade play dough packaged to be the perfect gift for a little princess! This princess play dough mason jar gift is a thoughtful homemade gift that will encourage hours of creative sensory play.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • Food Coloring
  • Printable Princess Labels
  • Ribbon

Tools

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Large Saucepan
  • Whisk or Wooden Spoon
  • Mason Jars, for Storing
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients together in a big pot.
  2. Stir well and then put it onto the stove over medium heat.
  3. Stir frequently as the mixture heats up, making sure to get down to the bottom of the pot so the play dough doesn't burn.
  4. It will take about 3-4 minutes for the play dough to start to form and not appear runny.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool until comfortable to touch.
  6. Fold out onto a clean surface and knead for 2 minutes, adding additional flour or oil, as needed.
  7. Divide the dough and knead in food coloring now, or you can add it with the water in the dough making process and just make a separate batch for each color.
  8. Print off the play dough princess labels and glue to the top of your mason jars.
  9. Portion the play dough into the mason jars and seal with princess lids.
  10. Add additional embellishments, like ribbons or name tags, onto each jar.

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I hope whoever you give this fun princess gift to loves it!

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