How to Make Edible Play Dough and Finger Paint

Three Methods:Pick Up Ingredients and Choose a LocationMake Play Dough and Finger PaintCleanup

If your child is always putting everything into his or her mouth, an edible play dough and finger paint recipe will be just the thing you need. Although most commercial finger paints and play dough is non-toxic, they certainly don’t taste good.

Method 1
Pick Up Ingredients and Choose a Location

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    Find ingredients for both play dough and finger paint. Most likely you have these ingredients in the house, but if you don’t a quick trip to the grocery store will set you up.
    • Pick up creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar and honey for the play dough.
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    • Purchase white sugar, corn starch and food coloring to create the finger paint.
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    Find bowls to hold the finger paint and building utensils (such as rolling pins, cookie cutters etc.) for play dough.
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    Identify an area that can get a little messy. Protect your home (and possibly yourself) by wearing old clothing (or smocks) and by covering the table and floor with old newspaper.

Method 2
Make Play Dough and Finger Paint

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    Combine 1 cup of peanut butter with 2 cups of powdered sugar and ½ cup of honey to create your play dough. The secret to making this dough is to mix well. Consider combining ingredients in an electric mixer for best results.
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    Mix 3 tablespoons of sugar with ½ cup of corn starch and 2 cups cold water to make the base for your finger paint.
    • Combine the sugar, corn starch and water in a pan and simmer over low heat. Whisk frequently until mixture thickens to a pudding-like consistency.
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    • Remove from heat and allow it time to cool. Once it has cooled you can either separate into bowls and add color or make one batch of a single color.
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    Provide an imaginative environment for artwork exploration. For both the play dough and finger paint activities, give the kids plenty of room to work in a well lit area. Also, supportive items work well too–food to support building with play dough and even brushes and other food items (such as gummy worms or small M&M’s) for finger painting.

Method 3
Cleanup

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    Maintain easy access to soap and water near the play area. Especially if the kids are working inside the home, be sure the area is equipped with an area that allows the children to quickly wash their hands before they leave the play space.
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    Keep the project on the newspapered area for quick clean up. Simply gather up the newspaper and toss along with any goopy paint or dropped dough.
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    Have a tub nearby to collect art supplies such as rolling pins, cookie cutters and finger paint bowls. That way you can easily transfer the items to a nearby sink in one trip.

Tips

  • Give the kids fun items to build/decorate with play dough such as pretzel sticks, graham crackers or dried cereal.
  • Add a little food coloring to different sections of play dough for added fun.
  • Consider only getting out the edible play dough and finger paint when you can handle the kids on a little extra sugar.

Warnings

  • The play dough recipe contains nuts--avoid if your child has a nut allergy. Products you could possibly use as a substitute include soy butter spread or pea butter.


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Categories: Kids' Crafts | Play Doh