Want to add in a little extra magic to the kids play dough? I never knew you could make glow in the dark play dough, and my kids loved it so much that I needed to share it with you!

How to make glow in the dark play dough



What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 oz glow in the dark paint (non toxic)


  1. Add your flour, salt, oil and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl. Pour in your 2 cups of boiling water and mix the ingredients together and knead.
  2. Add your glow in the dark paint to your play dough. Use your hands to knead the paint into the dough until it is incorporated completely throughout the dough.
  3. You may need to add another small dusting of flour onto the dough and knead it in, if it’s too wet. You may not need to do this, it just depends on the consistency on how your play dough feels.
  4. You may need to put your play dough into your mixing bowl, cover it with wrap, and place it under a light source to help activate it’s “glow” effect until you’re ready to play with it. Read instructions on paint bottle.
  5. Create your shapes and then take them into a dark room to see the glowing effect.

Please make sure the kids don’t eat it!

This is a great fun holiday activity and something to make play dough more exciting for bigger kids.

Have you ever made glow in the dark play dough? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • I have made different types of play doh over the years, I haven’t come across glow in the dark version before. Not that we ever played with play doh in the dark, but it could be fun


  • i had never even heard of this before but glow in the dark anything is awesome! how fun is this lol


  • Great fun idea. Thanks.


  • Interesting idea… Not really sure how much we’d use the dough.


  • Thank you so much for sharing. My son would absolutely love this


  • This looks so fun!


  • It looks like a great idea and would keep the kids amused for many hours..great decoration – anchor it to something for a sleepover party
    The recipe says oil. Which oil is the best?


  • Wow. This is so cool. I am so doing this with my kids. Awesome.


  • It looks really cool. I’ve never seen it before, I must admit! :-)


  • my girls love glow in the dark stuff so this will be going into the school holiday folder ready for the next school holidays :) Thanks for sharing


  • That’s a fantastic idea. Thank you


  • Thanks for a recipe for play dough that will be lots of fun.


  • Not sure why you’d need glow in the dark play dough but it is kinda cool


  • Wow so exciting , have never heard of this before. Just need to find out where to get the paint for it.


  • This looks brilliant. Can’t wait to make it.


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