Preschoolers and toddlers love these homemade edible play dough recipes. They love to eat their art, and we bet older children will gladly join in the fun too!
Let the kids mix-up the dough, practice their measuring math skills, get their hands messy, and experience the textures and sensations of beginning cookery!
Edible play dough allows children to use a five of their senses: touch, taste, feel, smell….and yes, even hearing, if you count the sound play dough makes when you squish it!
Tips for using edible play dough
- Cover the play surface with waxed paper for easier clean-up.
- Store edible playdough in an airtight container or ziploc bag and REFRIGERATE.
- Unlike regular play dough, edible versions must be chilled between use.
- Let the dough come to room temperature before use.
- Try cookie cutters, bowls, spoons, and rolling pins.
- Provide “decorations” like cheerios, sprinkles, ice cream cones, or dried fruit.
Enjoy these yummy recipes and let your creativity flow……
Homemade Edible Play Dough Recipes
ICE CREAM PLAY DOUGH
Imagine a make-believe ice cream parlor with this ice cream look-alike dough!
- One can of frosting
- 1 1/4 C. flour
- Food coloring (optional….just buy a wacky colored frosting, like Pillsbury Neon!)
Stir frosting and flour together and blend until dough forms. If it is too sticky, mix in little flour. If it is too stiff, add a few drops of water.
KOOL-AID PLAY DOUGH
Colorful play dough with a wonderful smell.
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 small packages Kool-Aid
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 cups boiling water
Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water, blend.
JELL-O PLAY DOUGH
Create an entire rainbow of colors and smells with this Jello play dough recipe.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 small package of sugar-free Jello
Mix all the ingredients together in medium pot. Cook over low on the stove while stirring frequently. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Keep stirring, until dough starts to gather into a ball , then remove from heat.
CREAM CHEESE PLAY DOUGH
Part snack – part play dough! Great fun for both playing and eating. For a healthy snack, decorate with dried fruit, nuts, berries, seeds, or sliced carrots or celery…..YUM!
- 8 oz. package of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Crackers or bread slices
Mix cream cheese, milk and honey in a bowl until well blended. Mold shapes on wax paper. Place shapes on crackers or bread.
PEANUT BUTTER PLAY DOUGH
Tastes delicious, and smells great! Try using it with celery sticks.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups powdered sugar
Add all ingredients in a bowl and blend to a dough. Make fun cookie shapes or balls.
PEANUT BUTTER AND FROSTING PLAY DOUGH
Caution: Maybe too yummy….and gooey….but oh so fun!
- 1 can frosting (any flavor that goes with peanut butter…..try chocolate!)
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
Blend together until dough forms.