Safe PlayDoh for celiacs and kids of all ages! An easy tutorial on How To Make All Natural Homemade Gluten-Free PlayDoh. A fun and easy craft to DIY with the kids and have them playing for hours! Non-toxic, no artificial colors or chemical ingredients required!
Yes, I made this for all my celiac and food allergy moms out there, but also everyone who wants something a little fun to make on a rainy weekend! I’ve been dieing to share this here on the blog, but I wanted to make a video of the process first. You don’t need a video; this craft is so super simple! There are different options for the ingredients as well and that makes it 99.9% guaranteed you have everything you’d need to whip up some gluten-free PlayDoh at this very moment!
My brother and I loved PlayDoh when we were growing up. It’s one of those “right of passage” activities for childhood. There’s the old school way of play, just rolling it around into “snakes”, balls, and funny food shapes. And there’s the more “modern” approach with plastic PlayDoh factories and machines to make PlayDoh master pieces. Then there’s one approach to PlayDoh playing that always comes out of every child’s curiosity. What is it you ask?
TASTING it, of course! That super salty interesting taste of smooth fresh PlayDoh. If you never licked PlayDoh as a kid, you’re lying. Way to enticing not to! And that’s where the problem arises for children with food allergies like celiac disease. PlayDoh contains wheat (i.e. gluten). From their site: “The exact ingredients of Play-Doh compound are proprietary, so we cannot share them with you. We can tell you that it is primarily a mixture of water, salt, and flour. It does NOT contain peanuts, peanut oil, or any milk byproducts. It DOES contain wheat. Play-Doh compound is not a food item and is not intended to be eaten. Play-Doh compound is non-toxic, non-irritating & non-allergenic except as noted: Children who are allergic to wheat gluten may have an allergic reaction to this product. Also, due to the high salt content in Play-Doh compound, the product can be harmful to pets if ingested.” So it a curious little celiac child decides to take a lick or just puts their hands in their mouth after play, there’s going to be some major problems!
We can’t have celiac kiddos missing out on one of the simple joys of childhood that all should experience! Solution? Make some all natural homemade gluten-free PlayDoh! More perks from making your own is the experience you have making it! Kids will feel so accomplished when they make their own gluten-free PlayDoh and then get to play with their homemade creation. Another perk? The coloring I use is 100% from real food! No fake colors here!
All Natural Homemade Gluten-Free PlayDoh
- Mis together the gluten-free flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large bowl.
- Add in the water and mix again, then knead with your hands until your dough is just about formed.
- Add in the coloring of your choice to all the dough or split the dough in a few sections to make multiple colors.
- Knead in the coloring with your hands until fully incorporated.
- Keep the PlayDoh in a sealed container to preserve freshness.
See how easy?! You can use any all purpose gluten-free flour you have, any oil, any salt (I just happened to have a huge container of Epsom). The cream of tartar is to preserve the freshness of the gluten-free PlayDoh even longer. You can use normal (all natural) food coloring dyes or just sprinkle in some turmeric, match, or a few drops of beet juice. Any other “real food” colorings will do as well! Honestly, just have fun with it! That’s what PlayDoh is all about! Perfect for a summer play activity, boredom buster, rainy day craft, or stress reliever for the adults!
So tell me:
+ Were you a PlayDoh player as a kid? Did you taste it? (Obviously, that answer is yes!)
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