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Easy Edible Play Dough Recipes


Do your kids eat their art supplies? Try our edible play dough recipes.




Edible play dough recipes are the answer if your children are at the age where they might be tempted to eat their art supplies while you're trying to teach them to expand their creative horizons.

The following recipes provide you with some easy craft ideas for your younger child.

The great thing about a play dough activity is that it allows children to experience different textures and use four out of their five senses. Encourage creativity by putting out cookie cutters, little bowls, lids from jars, measuring spoons... and add to their fun by giving them Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, colored cake decorating sprinkles/dots, chocolate chips, ice cream cones and animal crackers.

Before you start this project, cover your work surface with waxed paper or a plastic tablecloth and let the children have a good time!




Kool-Aid Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Instructions:

  • Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan
  • Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough
  • Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle
  • Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix
  • Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months




Jello Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 (3-1/2 oz.) package "unsweetened" Jell-O

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together and cook over medium heat
  • Stir constantly until consistency of mashed potatoes
  • Let cool and knead with floured hands until dry
  • This recipe needs to cool completely "before" storing it in an airtight container!

NOTE: The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.




Oatmeal Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 part flour
  • 2 parts oatmeal
  • 1 part water

Mix ingredients together and form into shapes. The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.



Cream Cheese Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • crackers or bread slices

Combine cream cheese, milk and honey in a bowl and mix until well blended. Mold sculptures on wax paper. Unused portions of this edible play dough MUST BE STORED in an airtight container and kept refrigerated! Because cream cheese is perishable, use the expiration date on the cream cheese package as your guide for how long you can keep this play dough. Note: The shapes can then be placed on crackers or bread slices, decorated with edibles (celery or carrot slivers, raisins, dried fruit pieces for a healthy snack... then eat!



Frosting Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 can frosting (any flavor)
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
Mix together until dough reaches desired consistency. This edible play dough recipe must be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. Next time you want to use it, let it come to room temperature for pliable dough.

About the Author:

These recipes are courtesy of Mary Ann & Kimberly, a mother and daughter team that has created the sites www.thepartyworks.com and www.cakeworkscentral.com.

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