The recipes for edible playdough are the best kind to make. There is the inevitable occasion where the kids will play and play and play and then start eating the playdough. Why not make one of these very easy playdough recipes and avoid trips to the emergency room with that horrible feeling of uncertainty about what kind of harmful substance your child might have ingested during an innocent play time with something as seemingly harmless as commercial playdough.

Fresh Playdough That is Safer

Another thing to consider about making your own edible playdough is that the freshness and freedom from exposure to germs can always be insured if using the batch one time and letting the kids devour it if they choose.

Edible Playdough Recipe

The classic easy playdough recipes for edible playdough are reliable and quick with no cooking involved. To make it healthier, a variation on the flour is recommended. It is necessary to use one cup of flour, but instead of just plain white flour, a half of a cup or whole wheat flour and a half of a cup of white flour will make the edible playdough much better for consumption during and after play time.

Combine in a large bowl:

  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C white flour
  • 2 tsp of cream of tartar
  • 1 C of water
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • several drops of food coloring for each desired color

All these ingredients should be combined with a fork in a mixing bowl until homogenous, smooth and pure in each chosen color. The nice thing about using the basic food colors is that mixing colors can also yield other very vibrant tones such as pink, lavender and flesh color. Some experimentation will be fun and educational for those fledgling artists in the family. Learning how to mix the basic colors of red, blue, green and yellow will be a very exciting and educational process of making edible playdough.

Final Edible Playdough Steps

Once the color and ingredients are blended, pour them into a pot and bring to a boil on a medium flame or setting. It will be necessary to stir the mixture until the texture congeals into a soft ball. Remove from heat and the pot, allowing to cool down. The ball will require kneading for about 2 to three minutes. This process can be repeated for each color desired or the easy playdough recipe can be increased by a multiple of the number of colors desired. Then at the step before adding color to the mixture of dry and wet ingredients, divide the dough up into that many equal portions.

Add the desired drops of food color to each portion, mixing until uniform in texture and color. Then for each color portion, put in the pot to boil and reach congealed soft ball formation. If not using the playdough right away, it can be stored in a kitchen food storage container.