Need a perfect rainy day activity? Mix up some fun (and tasty!) edible play dough right in your kitchen, with ingredients you already have at home.
Toddlers put just about anything in their mouths—and play dough is no exception. Fortunately, you probably already have all the ingredients you need to make edible homemade play dough that will provide hours of fun.
*While all five doughs in these recipes are edible (and some are downright delicious!), the FDA recommends avoiding consuming raw flour. Marshmallow Play Dough, Vanilla Play Dough and Peanut Butter Play Dough are flour-free.
Marshmallow Play Dough
Fluffy marshmallows make for a super-stretchy dough:
6 large marshmallows
2 teaspoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons cornstarch
Warm the marshmallows and coconut oil in your microwave for 30 seconds, then stir in a few drops of food coloring. Use as many drops as you need to create the color you want. After you’ve got the right color, stir in the cornstarch. When the dough is cool enough to handle, start kneading it.
If the dough still feels too sticky, add a little more cornstarch.
Fruit-Drink Play Dough
The salt makes this play dough less tasty, but the fruit-flavored drink mix gives it a nice, bright hue:
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup salt
2 small packages fruit-flavored drink-mix powder
2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix together the dry ingredients, then carefully add the boiling water and oil. When the mixture has cooled, knead it until it has the right consistency.
This is the traditional homemade play dough that you probably mixed up when you were a kid:
1 cup flour
¼ cup salt
½ cup warm water
Stir the dry ingredients together, then slowly add warm water and food coloring to make the dough. Keep stirring (and add more coloring if needed) until the dough reaches the right consistency and color.
Peanut Butter Play Dough
No nut allergies? Then give this tasty dough a try:
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
Mix the ingredients together well to form the dough. Chill the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm it up.
Chocolate Play Dough
This chocolate dough smells divine:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
½ cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
Mix all the dry ingredients together, then stir in the vegetable oil. Add the boiling water, and stir carefully. Knead the dough once it has cooled.
Play Dough Add-Ins
Edible glitter, gold flakes or demerara sugar will give your dough a touch of sparkle, or you can add sprinkles to make it more colorful. And break out the rolling pins, cookie cutters, and more to have fun molding and creating with your dough. (Check out more ideas for kid-friendly cooking tools.) To save the dough after playtime is over, stash it in the fridge in Baby Blocks storage containers, or Smart Seal containers if you made a bigger batch.