This Edible Play Dough Recipe for Babies, is a great ‘first time’ play dough for babies and toddlers.
It is super easy to make, contains no salt, is gluten free and is safe for babies, toddlers and older children who are more likely to place play dough into their mouths.
Babies and toddlers are naturally curious and explore the world around them using their senses and this sometimes means they place items into their mouths. When giving play dough to young children, we should try to discourage placing play dough into the mouth but if some does make it in, it is always nice to know that the play dough is homemade and safe for your child.
Edible Play Dough Recipe is the perfect alternative to traditional play dough recipes for babies 12months – 18 months and beyond.
What you will need?
1 cup of Gluten Free Cornflour (cornstarch)
1 ½ cups of baby rice cereal
3 tbs vegetable oil
1/4 cup pureed tin of raspberries in syrup (or fruit puree of your choice)
1 Tbs water
How to make it?
- Food process tinned raspberries in syrup until raspberries are pulped.
- Pour all dry ingredients, baby rice cereal and cornflour into a large bowl.
- Add 3tbs of vegetable oil and ½ cup raspberry puree/juice. Combine well with an electric mixer.
- If the mixture is sticky, slowly add more Baby Rice Cereal and mix well with electric mixer completely before adding more.
- If the mixture is dry, slowly add small amounts of water and mix until the dough is smooth and malleable.
- Turn mixture out onto the bench and knead by hand until the mixture is smooth.
- Store in a plastic zip lock bag or air tight container in the fridge. When removed from the fridge, kneading with warm hands will soften the play dough again.
- This play dough recipe does not include any preservative and will last several days in the refrigerator. The play dough life expectancy will depend on temperature, how long the play dough has been left out and how many children have played with the dough. Please always check the play dough for mold or unpleasant odours before giving it to children.
Play dough is a great tool to build and develop strength and control in the hands, fingers and wrists. This strength and control supports the use of writing tools, scissors and the ability to throw and catch objects. Playing with play dough and the repetitive molding and manipulating really gives fine motor muscles a real work out!!
Encouraging babies and toddlers to manipulate play dough using repetitive words such as poke it, squeeze it, pull it, pat it and squish it is not only promoting fine motor coordination and strength but also oral language development.
16 thoughts on “Edible Play Dough Recipe for Babies”
Could I exchange the rasberry puree with something else? Maybe another fruit puree?
Hi Lidaki, yes, you could use any other fruit puree of your choice. Have fun! 🙂
Hi! I was wondering if this can be made with regular flour? Love your site …
Hi Rozana, Yes I think it would be okay to use regular flour. You may need to play around with the quantities a little because regular flour reacts slightly different to rice cereal when adding water. I have a similar recipe using regular flour here if this may help https://www.learning4kids.net/2011/12/13/blackberry-play-dough-recipe/
Good luck 🙂
Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I can’t wait to try it.
I have a question regarding the baby rice cereal. Would I be able to substitute baby oatmeal cereal instead?
Hi Jessica, I am sure you could substitute the rice cereal with oatmeal cereal, however you may need to adjust the liquid amounts because they will have different consistencies. Good luck! )
Are the raspberries for color or do they help bind the play dough?
Hi Tracy, the raspberries are used to add color to the play dough. Thank you for your question.
I know you said Any kind of fruit, but what about a veggie? I was thinking of beets? Since they have such a pretty color and the dough won’t smell quite as delicious. I love that it’s edible, but my daughter needs any kind of discouraging factors I can build in so she doesn’t eat this haha.
Does the play dough need to be refrigerated or can it be stored at room temperature?
Hi Jessica, yes, the play dough needs to be refrigerated after use. There are no preservatives in the recipe which makes the play dough’s self life quite short but refrigerating it will help to make the play dough last longer. Thanks.
Can I let my 9 month old play with this?
Yes, but I would not let my 9 month old play with this without parent supervision. My 9 month old daughter loved it. I stayed with her the whole time she played with it to ensure she did not consume any.
Can you harden this in the oven like salt dough or will that not work?
Hi Esther, I have not tried it and not sure if this would work. Let me know how you go if you do go ahead and try this. Thanks and good luck! 🙂
Thank you for sharing this! I cannot wait to try it with my baby.