So, truth be told, I’m a science geek kinda girl.  I excelled at science as a kid and in college. It’s a passion of mine.  I love science experiments, and I do a lot of them in our kitchen with my kids.  I want them to love science like I do.  It’s amazing how adding one compound to another will completely turn one thing into something different.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’ve been experimenting with play dough. I’ve been coming up with fun, edible play dough recipes, and my kids are loving it!

Pudding Cup Play Dough | The TipToe Fairy

I couldn’t think of any other yummy ingredients to make play dough, so I checked out some various recipes. I noticed that people were using chocolate pudding mix to make play dough. Well that gave me an idea…

Let’s just skip the mix and use ready made pudding cups straight from the fridge! And this was how Pudding Cup Play Dough was born.

Pudding Cup Play Dough | The TipToe Fairy

The only pudding I had in the fridge was butterscotch (my fave!) and chocolate, so that’s what we made.  It’s super duper easy, and one pudding cup makes one perfect-sized ball of play dough.

Pudding Cup Play Dough | The TipToe Fairy

This play dough is by far the most squishiest, stretchiest, and pliable we’ve made. If you hold it up, it will just slowly ooze down to the table. We liked that part a lot.

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As for the edibleness, it’s pretty tasty — a little sweet, a little like marshmallow, but tasted mainly like the pudding flavor. But, the smell is even better. The butterscotch pudding play dough smelled just heavenly.

Pudding Cup Play Dough

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  • 1 pudding cup - any flavor
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp oil (canola, olive, etc.)


  1. In a bowl mix pudding, oil, and corn starch until it begins to form together.
  2. Dust hands with corn starch and begin kneading in the bowl.
  3. Once it forms somewhat of a ball, pull it out of the bowl and dip it in a little bit of excess corn starch on both sides.
  4. Begin kneading for a few minutes until dough becomes shiny and not sticky.
  5. Play with your new dough!
  6. For storage, I keep it in a plastic ziplock bag.

I hope you find this play dough recipe as fun as we do.  This is a great recipe to let your toddler or preschooler mix it all by themselves.  I know mine was so proud she had a hand in making her very own play dough.

Have you made play dough before? What crazy ingredients have you tried?