We all know and love the big- name stuff, but let’s face it, kids tend to put it in their mouth at some point and for kids who have food allergies/ sensitivities this can be a problem (did you know Playdough has gluten in it?).
So when we made my own, we not only wanted to see how it compared to the store- bought stuff, but we wanted to try a gluten- free version. It was fun and simple to make and would be a great birthday party activity or party favour to send the kids home with.
Gluten Free Playdough Recipe
- 1/2 cup gluten- free flour (rice flour is good )
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp cooking oil
- food colouring (I’ve seen different versions that use Koolaid or you can try using fruit & veggie dyes for a natural version)
- In a bowl mix all ingredients together until the dough is smooth and consistent texture. If you have to add a little extra flour or water to reach the desired consistency that’s ok.
- Remove your dough from the bowl and roll by hand into a long log
- Divide equally (I made 6 colours so divided my log into 6 balls
- Using your thumb, create an indent in the ball and squeeze a few drops of food colouring into the center (add more as needed to reach the desired vibrancy)
- Roll the dough until the food colouring has been evenly distributed and repeat until you’ve made all of the colours
- Store in an airtight container when not in use (for long-lasting dough, store each colour in it’s own Ziploc bag and store in an airtight bag or container).
Heather is a Toronto born mama of two whose parenting journey has taken her family coast to coast across Canada. When she’s not whipping up recipes for the Healthy Family Living website or sharing the latest fun Vancouver events on HFL’s Facebook page, she’s a freelance writer that has recently been published in an anthology entitled BIG, as well as in the Huffington Post, as she and her hubby of 13 years attempt to keep up with their two spirited girls and 3 fur babies!