How to Make Edible Play Dough, using just 2 ingredients! Grab some canned frosting and powdered sugar to make brightly colored play dough in minutes.
diy play dough
INGREDIENTS FOR THIS PLAY DOUGH RECIPE WITHOUT CREAM OF TARTAR:
- 4 cans of store-bought frosting (ideally, bright/neon) colors)
- 1 lb, powdered sugar
- Using one bowl per frosting color, add equal parts frosting and powdered sugar to each bowl.
- Use a spoon to combine the two ingredients.
- Use hands and a table to knead the play dough to a smooth consistency, add extra powdered if too sticky.
Kids and messes go together like peanut butter and jelly. Most of the time, kids think the mess is the best part of the activity! As I write this, I’m watching my three-year-old splash as much water out of our water table as possible. For her, the fun is in exploring her environment and making a mess.
So I knew both my girls would enjoy making this “ice cream” play dough that only takes 2 ingredients. Yep! Just two.
Equal parts frosting and powdered sugar. Which means it smells amazing… sweet, a bit like vanilla, and definitely a lot like ice cream.
And the colors are so fun! My eight year old LOVED being able to mix up the play dough herself. No stove top necessary, no fancy ingredients. Just add the powdered sugar to the frosting and stir.
handy tools to use to make this diy play dough:
- nesting bowls – easy clean, multiple sizes, microwave and dishwasher safe
- spatulas – scrap and mix at the same time, nonstick, dishwasher safe
frequently asked questions
Is play dough safe for two year olds?
Yes. Store bought play dough does indicate it is safe for kids 2 years and up.
Why is play dough good for child development?
This simple preschool staple lets children use their imaginations and strengthen the small muscles in their fingers—the same muscles they will one day use to hold a pencil and write. Using play dough with you, a friend, or siblings supports your child’s social skills such as sharing, taking turns, and enjoying being with other people.
What happens if my child eats play dough?
If a small quantity has been eaten, it is recommended to just give your child a lot of water to drink because of the high salt content. If a large quantity was eaten, it is recommended to call poison control (just to be safe).
What a fun, colorful mess!