Homemade play dough takes only a few minutes to prepare when using a stove top. As the ingredients are simply combined and stirred together, stove-top recipes take less than 10 minutes.
Malleable play dough may also be made without a stove. After mixing all ingredients, it helps to additionally use a hand mixer for six to eight minutes. Recipes without a hand mixer require closer to 10 minutes of kneading. When making hard play dough, recipes take over an hour for completion. To reduce preparation time, the oven can be preheated.
After mixing all ingredients, most recipes call for one hour of baking, although total baking time depends on the size of the play dough creation. Additional baking time may be necessary if the play dough is not firm. While a lower baking temperature adds additional time, it is used to ensure the hard play dough retains the original shape and size.