It was another cold and blustery day here in Philly. Terribly bone chilling, that I just couldn’t force myself to take my daughter outside. We called over a friend, and I decided to make some gluten-free play dough. Well, of course, I was somehow out of rice flour, but found Pamela’s gf flour blend that was past its prime, and decided to try it out. (Normally I would never use an expensive gf flour blend, but this seemed totally worth not wasting!) The best part was that my daughter asked if she could eat it, and I made food-grade play dough, so yes, it’s totally edible!
*BIRTHDAY IDEA*: We made this as give-aways for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. We bought little containers at the dollar store, and each child got to add colored glitter of choice to his/her container.
When playing with our play dough, we bring out all sorts of utensils from both her kitchen and mine, along with cookie cutters, and b-day candles. It really adds to the fun! Tell me what you like to use with your play dough.
Gluten-Free Play Dough Recipe
The Recipe is adapted from Kids with Food Allergies Foundation
Serving Size: 1 batch = will fill a 16 oz container. A double batch will fill a 32 oz yogurt container.
- 1+1/4 cup of rice flour or gf flour blend (I have done both and come out great!)
- 1/2 cup of salt (I used Himalayan salt, and it turned the dough a light pink)
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/4 tsp gf vanilla (I use frontier vanilla flavor, so there’s no alcohol involved)
- glitter or sparkles (optional)
- food coloring (optional) – I like to use all natural (GF) food coloring from India Tree
- large pot
- mixing spoon or spatula
- measuring cups and spoons
- airtight container to put play dough in
- cookie cutters (optional)
- b-day candles (optional)
1. Mix dry ingredients in large pot first: flour, salt, cream of tartar
2. Add water and oil and mix
3. Heat over the stove top at a medium heat.
4. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes, until mixture pulls away from sides.
5. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly.*
6. When cool, place in air tight container. (We like to reuse old yogurt containers.)
1. You can add food coloring to the water before you stir it in. You can always add it after you’ve made the dough, but it will stain your hands.
2. You can add sparkles or glitter to the batch once its made.