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Make Your Own (Edible) Play Dough: 5 Fun Recipes

Make Your Own (Edible) Play Dough: 5 Fun Recipes

Words Lisa Milbrand

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

Marshmallow Play Dough

Fluffy marshmallows make for a super-stretchy dough:


6 large marshmallows

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Food coloring

4 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. 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.
  2. 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


  1. 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.

Want something a little tastier for your kid to eat while playing with the dough? Whip up these easy, yummy homemade kids’ snacks.

Vanilla Play Dough

This two-ingredient dough is extra-fast and easy to make:


1 cup store-bought icing (you pick the color!)

2 to 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar


  1. Put the store-bought icing in your mixer, and slowly add in the powdered sugar until the dough is no longer sticky.

If your kid loves playing with stickier textures, try this simple (if not-so-edible) recipe for the ever-popular homemade slime.

Simple Flour Play Dough

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

Food coloring


  1. 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


  1. Mix the ingredients together well to form the dough. Chill the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm it up.
Edible Playdough

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


  1. 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.

Want to do more crafting with your kids—without dealing with a major mess? These stress-free craft tips make it simpler, and much more fun.

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