Green Apple Playdough Recipe

This amazing-smelling green apple playdough recipe uses only two ingredients and makes a soft, stretchy, silky dough your kids will love.

The no-cook playdough recipe is great for kids to make from beginning to end – no measuring, no boiling water, no messy clean up.  When you’re done, grab our playdough mats to have fun with your homemade dough!

Apple Playdough Recipe

To make our dough, I grabbed just a few ingredients:

  • 1 part green apple conditioner
  • 2 parts cornstarch
  • green food coloring (optional)

I handed my daughter the bottle of conditioner and, to her delight, let her squeeze the contents into a bowl without measuring.  She was delighted to just squeeze and watch the conditioner shoot out without restraint.


We used most of the bottle but saved a few good squirts in case we added too much corn starch.  Next, I had my daughter scoop out cornstarch till we thought it looked about double the volume of the conditioner.


I handed her a spoon and she mixed and mixed until her arms could take no more.  This apple playdough recipe was hard work!


At this point, the conditioner’s color had faded, so we decided to add a few drops of green food coloring and finished mixing the dough until all the cornstarch was incorporated.  The dough was a little on the sticky side, so we added a couple more spoonfuls of cornstarch and voila! We were ready to play.

Note:  If you use exact measurements, you may have to tweak the ratios in this playdough recipe a little since not all conditioners are the same.  Some may require more cornstarch, others more conditioner.

Playdough Play

The first thing A did was squeeze the dough through her fingers, giggling and repeating “It’s so squishy” over and over again.  Next, she tried stretching it and discovered that if she pulled hard, it almost snapped apart.  She had to show some restraint and pull it slowly to get it to stretch far.


After a good 20 minutes of squeezing and stretching, she turned her attention to poking holes in it with her finger.  When she saw how well it held its shape when poked, A decided she needed to get her dinosaurs to make footprint impressions in the dough.

She played paleontologist for the next half hour burying and digging up her dinosaurs with a chopstick.  Wow, was this fabulously fun and messy!

Green Apple Playdough Recipe. {Playdough to Plato}

Since this apple playdough recipe is made with cornstarch, the dough dries out as it’s played with making it a terribly crumbly mess.  Since we saved a few squirts of the conditioner, we softened it again by simply adding a teaspoon sized squirt to the crumbles and remixing.

Before storing this dough in a plastic baggie, I mixed in a little more conditioner to make sure it could handle another hour of play in the future.

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