Usually I am not a fan of edible playdough since real playdough shouldn’t be eaten. Mainly for young children as it might be hard for them to determine which ones can be eaten and which can’t.
But, playdough is a great sensory and learning experience for both babies (8 months and up) and toddlers. So, you will just have to make sure as your little one gets older to teach her that not all playdough can be eaten.
I love that all of these playdough recipes are made without cream of tartar (since it’s not something most people happen to have in their cupboards).
These recipes can also be used with preschoolers to facilitate language development and learning.
10 No Bake Playdough Recipes That Are Safe To Eat!
This recipe is mostly a “no cook” recipe as you only need to heat up the water which can be done in the microwave, stove top or via kettle.
The only ingredients you will need are:
♦ 2 Boxes of Jello
♦ Vegetable Oil
♦ Hot Water
Head over to Pre-K Pages for the full recipe.
One Little Project has a great edible marshmallow playdough recipe (that is also gluten free). My kids and I tried this one and it worked pretty well. My daughter is 9 and was able to make this on her own, it’s that simple!
But it was quite sticky at first so we tried some of tips mentioned half way through the article and those really helped.
There are many things you can add to this playdough to introduce other flavors. For example, try some pumpkin spice or candy oils (e.g. peppermint, chocolate, lemon, grape, bubble gum, cotton candy, etc.). These are different than essential oils and are meant for food.
I wouldn’t recommend adding essential oils as there really isn’t any concrete evidence stating that they are safe to ingest (especially for babies and toddlers).
Here is what you will need:
♦ Large Marshmallows
♦ Corn Starch
♦ Coconut Oil
♦ Food Coloring
♦ Candy Oils (optional)
You will need a microwave (so it’s technically no bake/cook) but if you don’t have one you can melt the marshmallows on the stove top, but you will have to pay close attention and remove the mixture as soon as things start melting together.
Head over to One Little Project for full instructions.
No Bake Nutella Dough
This recipe is so simple and only requires 2 ingredients: Nutella (½ a cup) and icing sugar (½ a cup plus 1 tablespoon).
You can find all the details at Still Playing School.
No Cook Oatmeal Playdough
Another super simple recipe that only requires oatmeal (uncooked), water and flour. Check it out at The Life Of Jennifer Dawn. As with the Marshmallow dough recipe you could experiment with flavors by adding some candy oils.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Playdoh
This 3 ingredient recipe is super simple. All you will need is either powdered milk or icing sugar, peanut butter (smooth or chunky for extra texture) and some honey. You can find all of the directions at The Imagination Tree.
With Easter coming up you may end up with some left over peeps. They are essentially marshmallows so the recipe for these is similar to the marshmallow playdoh one.
You will need some peeps, coconut oil and icing sugar, although I am sure you can substitute the icing sugar with corn starch. Kids Activities Blog has all the instructions plus a step by step video.
Chocolate Cookie Dough Playdoh
This one is a bit more involved because it’s almost like making cookies.
Here’s what you will need:
♦ Brown Sugar
♦ Baking Powder
♦ Vanilla Extract
♦ Cocoa Powder
For step by step instructions head over to The Life of Jennifer Dawn. You could probably try baking some playdough shapes and turn them into cookies!
Easy Kool Aid Playdough
This recipe requires boiled water, but it’s essentially no bake and pretty straightforward. You will need flour, salt, a packet of Kool Aid, oil and water.
The full recipe can be found at The 36th Avenue.
Yogurt Silly Putty/Playdough
All you need for this is yogurt and cornstarch. That’s it! Smarts School House has the step by step directions and says the texture is between slime and playdough. So it’s a bit more like silly putty!
Cream Cheese Playdoh
If you have cream cheese in your fridge that’s about to expire this is a great way of using it up.
You will need:
♦ Cream Cheese
♦ Non Fat Dry/Powdered Milk
See exactly how to make this tasty dough at Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail.
Which Will You Try First?
There are literally hundreds of easy edible playdough recipes online that don’t require many ingredients or baking. These 10 cover most of them. Unfortunately none are perfect and you may need to play around with the ingredients to get the texture just right.
Since these are all so simple it’s also a great way to get older kids involved in the kitchen. They can help get the ingredients together and make the actual playdough for their younger brother or sister.
So, which one will you try and if you have tried any of these, how did it go?