Monday, February 28, 2011

Healthy, Edible Play Dough

What You Need:

  • 1 cup flour (whole wheat is best :)
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil if you have it)
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • beet, spinach, blueberry and carrot juice (food coloring works great too, just not as healthy)


Mix flour, salt and oil, and add water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough is stiff. Turn onto wax paper and cool. Knead the play-dough until you have  the proper consistency. For more colorful fun you can  divide play dough into balls and add a few drops of the juices to make the desired color.

OR...if your children aren't interested in eating everything within grabbing distance anymore you can try this:

What You Need:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon powdered alum
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • food coloring


Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring. Divide into balls and work in color by kneading the play-dough.


  1. I am delighted to find your link from Raising Mighty Arrows today! I was browsing your blog and noticed this post re playdough. Have you ever frozen playdough before? I wanted to make a large batch of your "edible" recipe but want to know if it's possible to freeze it! Thanks!

  2. Hello, Sabrina! It's nice to "meet" you.

    No, I never have frozen play dough before. You could make a little batch and try it. Or maybe just try to freeze a little bit of a never know! It might work. I freeze bread dough/pie crust all the time. Don't know why this wouldn't be the same thing??

  3. I would like to know what the salt is for in the recipe? If it is for preservative purposes do you think I can substitute powdered Ascorbic Acid to give the edible playdough an immune boost.