This super simple no-cook play dough recipe is GLUTEN FREE! We didn’t have any regular wheat flour on hand to make our usual playdough so we used what we had, coconut flour.  Usually I add cream of tartar as well, but we didn’t have any of that either!  So this is a genuine gluten-free playdough recipe without cream of tartar.  We love easy playdough recipes!

How To Make Applesauce Playdough

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I signed on for 12 months of sensory dough as a sort of therapy for my son who has a sensory processing disorder diagnosis. He can’t stand for his hands to be messy and often needs to wash them right away if something gets on his hands.

As you can imagine, mud, shaving cream, lotion, finger paint, slime, even bubbles that are too dry and the like are not that appealing to him! However, I love the idea of messy play experiences and want to introduce him to different types of sensory play ideas to broaden his experiences and become more comfortable.

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Take a look at all the fun we had with this awesome smelling cinnamon and applesauce playdough. A bit on the crumbly side but it easily formed a ball and worked well with our style of play.  Try our traditional no-cook playdough recipe if you want a playdough that you can really sculpt well with instead.


We added some simple kitchen tools to our playdough activity. Always look through your drawers to see what you can find to change up the play. I bet you have everything you need already for a simple morning or afternoon playtime!

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Initially I placed a few kitchen tools, a melon baller and a set of tongs, on the table with the applesauce playdough.  I had no idea how much fun he would have these tools and ask for more.

Try some of these kitchen tools with your no-cook playdough:

  • Apple slicer
  • Potato masher
  • Garlic Press
  • Melon baller
  • Kitchen Tongs
  • Forks
  • Rolling pin

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This applesauce play dough also feels nice on the hands and is not as drying as some we have made. Perfect fall sensory play too!

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Applesauce Playdough Recipe

You may need to tinker around with this playdough recipe to find the right consistency for you. Every time I make it I end up adding a little more liquid or a little more flour! Too sticky? Add flour. Too dry? Add a little liquid. This play dough, like many gluten free baked goods, can be crumbly but forms a nice ball too!

Playdough Ingredients

  • 1/2-3/4 cup of coconut flour (or about 1 cup of regular flour)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons approx warm water
  • 1/2 cup of warm apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • cinnamon

How To Make Applesauce Playdough

  1. Measure coconut flour (or regular flour) into a bowl.
  2. Warm the applesauce and water in microwave but don’t boil.
  3. Measure the salt and oil, and add both to flour.
  4. Add a good shake of cinnamon.
  5. Pour in the applesauce.
  6. Mix well (add flour or liquid as needed to achieve desired consistency).
  7. Form a ball and lay out an invitation to play!

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  1. This recipe calls for way too much salt!!
    I had to 2x the batch again AND it was still too salty!
    Very disappointed.

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