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Gluten Free Playdough

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Did you know, the original Play-Doh is far from gluten free? It's made with 3 basic ingredients and the FLOUR, being the main ingredient. Let's not forget the other possibly not so healthy colorants, additives, fragrances, etc..Play-doh claims to be non-toxic, but why take the chance. Play-doh isn't meant to be eaten, but we all know that our little ones put everything in their mouth.  and this wonderful, reshapable, clay can provide hours of fun, creativity, tactile learning and encourage fine and gross motor skills. If you child is allergic to wheat, gluten sensitive/intolerant or has celiac disease, this kind of product could be your worst nightmare. What's a parent to do? Make your own!

The Simplest Playdough Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup White Rice Flour
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1/2 Cup Salt
1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
1-1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1 Cup Water, hot but not boiling
Food Coloring, Since many use synthetic dyes, I would opt for a natural product. from Maggie's Naturals or India Tree makes a great set and can be purchased online at Amazon.) You can also make your own - I've included tips on how to make your own from fruits and vegetables HERE.

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium pot.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, then the water, and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Heat the pot on the stove over low heat for about 3 minutes. I like to stir frequently with a silicone spatula.
  4. When the dough starts to pull away from the sides easily, turn out the dough onto parchment paper. Let it cool briefly until you can work it with your hands.
  5. Knead food coloring into the dough until you get the color you desire.

Additional Notes:

  • Don’t overcook the dough. It shouldn’t need more than five minutes.
  • To add food coloring, I use the method I’ve used since I was a kid: Using your thumbs, make a well in the middle of the ball of dough and drop the food coloring into the well. Close up the well with the outside dough, keeping the food coloring in the middle of the ball. Then, carefully begin kneading it until the color is evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • You don’t have to use the parchment paper. The dough shouldn’t be sticky. I use the parchment paper to simply keep residue and food coloring off my counter top. Wax paper or a plate would work just as well.
  • If needed, adjust the texture with small amounts of water (for dry, crumbly dough) or cornstarch (for sticky dough).
  • Makes about 2 cups of play dough, or about 2 baseball-size balls of dough.
  • Store in tightly sealed plastic bags or containers.

Happy gluten free, non-toxic, food allergy friendly sculpting. Stay well...

~Juli La Porte