Playdough must be one of your child’s favorite activities of all time. However, do not forget that this fun, colorful activity can end tragically if your child ends up eating the Playdough. Toddlers end up putting everything in their mouths. Due to their teething process, they want to chew on anything or everything. Playdough is no exception; colorful, soft, and fluffy Playdough can easily attract your child to put it into their mouth, which can be harmful to them.
But worry no more! You don’t have to worry about your children putting Playdough into their mouths anymore. Scroll down to explore some of the best easy edible playdough recipes! These easy edible playdough recipes aren’t only safe for your child and extremely fun and efficient to make without a lot of ingredients needed.
6 Benefits of Playdough for Children
Playdough is not only children’s favorite arts and crafts tool, but it is also a parent’s go-to activity when they want to bring out their child’s creativeness. This modeling clay is a perfect toy for kids of all ages. There are several benefits of Playdough which is why parents love it for their children.
- Relax and Calm your child:
Playdough brings hours of fun for your child and helps calm your children. It could work as a stress ball alternative, as squeezing the Playdough helps calm kids down.
- Brings out your child’s creativeness:
Playdough pushes your child to think out of the box and objectify their imaginations into something solid. Different colors and playdough tools will leave your child with no other option but to be innovative with countless possibilities.
- Motor Skill Development:
Playing with the soft Playdough and squeezing it in the hand makes the hand muscles build up strength. Squishing, flattening, rolling, breaking and many more acts help strengthen your child’s hands and their tendons to make sure there is fine motor movement. These fine motor skills will prepare them for the future, making holding pencils and other complex objects easy.
- Help increase knowledge:
Playdough is all about molding into different shapes and mixing colors. When your child combines two different colors, he/she will learn about the different colors you get from various combinations. Your child will also have further questions about the shapes they make, increasing their knowledge and igniting a spark within them to learn more.
- Improves social skills:
When children play with Playdough among other children, they discuss different acts, compete with one another, talk to one another about their creation, and above everything, bond with one another while playing. All of this improves their social skills.
- Promotes playtime:
Above everything else, Playdough encourages playtime. When automation has taken over in today’s generation, Playdough is an excellent way to keep your child busy rather than making them sit in front of the television or giving them some gadget to watch videos. It pushes the child to use their senses to their fullest.
There are many more benefits of Playdough which include improving hand and eye coordination. Playing with Playdough hence proves to be a prime choice for parents to keep their children busy effectively.
How to make edible Playdough?
Edible Playdough has started to trend more than ever. Who doesn’t want non-toxic Playdough for their child to play with? So, the main question that arises is ‘How to make edible playdough?’
As complicated as it sounds, it’s not much of a hassle. It is effortless to make edible Playdough at home, mainly requiring essential ingredients which are already available in your kitchen. There are many different edible playdough recipes one can follow. Here are some of the top-rated edible playdough recipes which are extremely easy to be made within minutes.
Edible Playdough Recipe #1
For this first recipe, all you need are three ingredients:
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
8 Oz of Whipped Cream
2 cups of Corn Starch
To make Playdough out of this recipe, put the whipping cream into a large cold bowl so that the cream doesn’t go flat. Now carefully add 2 cups of corn starch into the cream, and using a spatula, fold the corn starch into the whipping cream until the mixture becomes brittle. Now add two tablespoons of olive oil, and with the help of your hands, squeeze the dough until it forms into a ball. You could add food coloring now to your preference, and your edible Playdough is ready.
Edible Playdough Recipe #2
This recipe is one of the most favorite recipes of children as it tastes yummy. For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
4 Tablespoons of Corn Starch
7 Large Marshmallows or 12 Small Marshmallows
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
Food Colouring to your preference
Put the marshmallows and coconut oil into a bowl and warm it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Once the marshmallows are warm, add food coloring into the mixture, forming any color you want. (Note: Don’t add too much food coloring.) Once you have your desired color, add corn starch into the mixture and stir it. Once the mixture is cool enough, use your hands, if necessary, to knead the mixture. If, at this point, you don’t have the desired texture and your Playdough seems sticky, add more corn starch until the perfect consistency is there. Your yummy edible Playdough is ready to be played with!
Edible Playdough Recipe #3
Another popular yet yummy edible playdough recipe includes the peanut butter playdough recipe. This one is for all the peanut butter lovers out there. (Note: Please make sure your child does not have a nut allergy!)
This simple yet yummy recipe only requires two ingredients:
2 ¼ Cups of Powdered/Granulated Sugar
1 cup Peanut Butter (Smooth)
To make play dough from these ingredients, mix the peanut butter with the powdered sugar and mix the two. Make sure you don’t leave any lumps, as it would compromise the consistency otherwise. Once you have mixed the two properly, cool it by putting it in the fridge for about 20 minutes so that the dough can take a firm shape and texture. You could add food coloring if you like; it depends entirely on your preference. Your yummy nutty-flavored Playdough is ready within a matter of minutes. Isn’t that exciting?
Edible Playdough Recipe #4
This recipe has to be the show taker for me. For all the chocolate lover kids, this one is for you! Not only does this Playdough has a hint of the chocolate taste, but it also smells divine. Here are the ingredients you need for this recipe:
½ cup of cocoa powder
2 cups water (boiling)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
Following this recipe is easy. Firstly, add all the dry ingredients together and mix them. Once they mix, add vegetable oil and boiling water and mix them constantly to avoid lumps. Leave the mixture for a while so that it cools down. Once the mixture is cool, it can be kneaded; proceed with your hands to knead the mixture. Your chocolate Playdough is ready for your child to play with!
Edible Playdough Recipe #5
This one is the last recipe that has to be the most common playdough recipe of all times, probably the first one. This Playdough may not taste good, but it doesn’t mean it’s not edible. So here are the ingredients you need for this recipe:
¼ cup of salt
1 cup of flour
½ cup of warm water (Not boiling)
To make this recipe, start by mixing all the dry ingredients: salt and flour. Once you’ve mixed them, add warm water into your mixture slowly. Once you’ve added the warm water, add the food coloring to your preference, making the Playdough any color you want. Keep mixing and stirring the mixture until you are satisfied with the consistency of the Playdough. You may use your hands to knead if needed to reach the right texture. That is all, and your colorful soft Playdough is ready!
To make the Playdough more attractive for your kids, you may add edible glitter and sprinkles to your Playdough. Once your child has played with the Playdough, don’t forget to store it in the fridge to reuse it.
Make playtime exciting for your children with these fantastic edible playdough recipes. We hope you liked the recipes and found the perfect one for your child.