How to Make Edible Play Dough for Kids


Most young children have eaten a bite of Play-Doh modeling compound at one time or another. While commercial Play-Doh is made to be nontoxic, it isn't exactly palatable and doesn't digest the way food does. It's important to help very young children learn not to eat play dough. Once they are old enough to understand the difference between edible play dough and dough that shouldn't be eaten, making edible play dough becomes a fun activity for home or the classroom.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • 16 oz. soft cream cheese
  • 3 oz. honey
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Wooden spoon
  • Flour
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Raisins
  • Empty a 16-ounce container of cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Add 3 ounces of honey, 1/4 cup powdered milk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Chop at the mixture to break up the cream cheese and slowly mix in the other ingredients. Continue to cut the dough with the wooden spoon to mix.

  • Add up to 1/4 cup more of powdered milk if the dough isn't thick like bread dough. Cut the additional powdered milk into the thickening play dough.

  • Transfer the dough to a flour-covered countertop and knead it for several minutes until mixed well, once you've mixed the ingredients as much as possible with the wooden spoon.

  • Divide the edible play dough into four equal portions. Provide children with a small handful of pretzel sticks, miniature marshmallows and raisins to be used to build or create with the edible play dough. Allow the children to eat a few bites of the play dough, if desired, after playing. Discard any remaining play dough.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid the transfer of germs by supervising children playing with edible play dough to ensure they aren't trading play dough with someone nearby.
  • Substitute 16 ounces of peanut butter for the cream cheese to make peanut butter play dough. If you intend to use this in the classroom, first make sure none of your students have peanut allergies.

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