DIY Edible Play Dough for Sensory Play

Like I mentioned in my previous Sensory Play post, I have been obsessed with baby sensory play.  I saw the benefit of it and my inner-self artistic side really took over this time. I went on a search to perfecting my DIY Play Dough for Baby Ari. Finally, I found the perfect recipe and 100% totally edible. I think it is obvious but let me state the obvious anyways: Edible means that if baby plays with it and by any chance put the play dough in her mouth, it is safe. It doesn’t mean that you make the play dough for your baby to eat. 

I am totally in love with my DIY edible play dough. This time, I remember to take photos so that I can show you how to make it, step-by-step.

What are the ingredients for KPOPMOM’s edible play dough?

  1. 1 Cup Baby Cereal – I used Cerealac as it is one of the cheapest I could find
  2. 1 Cup Corn Starch
  3. 3 tbs of vegetable oil or cooking oil
  4. Coloring – you may use any food coloring of your choice. I wanted something really natural so I used Bunga Telang/ Blue Pea flower for colouring

For those who doesn’t know, Bunga Telang/ Blue Pea Flower/ Asian pigeonwings, etc is a type of flower. The same one used to make Nasi Kerabu (blue/purple rice).

This is how Bunga Telang/ Blue Pea Flower/Asian Pigeonwings looks like
This is how Bunga Telang/ Blue Pea Flower/Asian Pigeonwings looks like

Ready to do your very own edible play dough?

I started off with the colouring because some preparation is required. I used only 3 bunga telang but you may use more or less, as you wish. Put them in a bowl and add hot water.

The water has started to turned slightly bluish but that's not enough. Use a teaspoon and press on the flowers. You will see the water becoming dark blue.
The water has started to turned slightly bluish but that’s not enough. Use a spoon and press on the flowers. You will see the water becoming dark blue.

Here’s a video on how to do it.

Once we are done with the colouring, we will start by putting all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

1 cup of baby cereal
1 cup of baby cereal
1 cup of corn starch
1 cup of corn starch

Mix both dry ingredients well. Then, we will start adding the wet ingredients.

3 tbs of vegetable oil. I used the cooking oil that I have at home. I may try with olive oil next time.
3 tbs of vegetable oil. I used the cooking oil that I have at home. I may try with olive oil next time.
Then put in the food coloring of your choice. I used blue shades from bunga telang
Then put in the food colouring of your choice. I used blue shades from bunga telang

The original recipe that I found on the internet uses 1.5 tbs of apple sauce. However, this is not necessarily and can be replaced with water. I used the coloured water instead. I added almost 5-6 tbs of water. You may add it to the consistency that you like your dough to be.

Adding shades of blue to my play dough
Adding shades of blue to my play dough
Stir all the ingredients until it changes texture
Stir all the ingredients until it changes texture
I added few more drops of the blue coloring into my dough and it looks just about right
I added few more drops of the blue colouring into my dough and it looks just about right

Once it looks something like the photo above. You may start getting your hands dirty! Use your hands and knead the dough.

I took it out from the bowl and continued with my hands
I took it out from the bowl and continued with my hands
Just keep pressing and squeezing them
Just keep pressing and squeezing them
I have to say: I love the smell, the texture and the color!
I have to say: I love the smell, the texture and the colour! Best part is that, the colour doesn’t transfer to my hands!
It is just as elastic as the play-dohs you purchase from the store.
It is just as elastic as the play-dohs you purchase from the store.

When you are kneading the dough, just use your own judgment on whether you want to add more corn starch or more baby cereal to get the consistency that you like. I think it took me around 10 minutes to get to the consistency that I like. I did not include those 10 minutes entertaining Baby Ari because she was crying, and another 20 minutes feeding her!

Finally, it’s ready and the first person that gets to play with it is MUMMY!

I saw this just 2 days ago and immediately got the idea to make blue rose!
I saw this just 2 days ago and immediately got the idea to make blue rose!
The color turned out just like Tiffany Blue - I LOVE. the texture is also really smooth and nice but a bit oily to my liking.
The colour turned out just like Tiffany Blue – I LOVE. The texture is also really smooth and nice but a bit oily to my liking.
With the ingredients that I have used, this is the amount of play dough that I made. There are still left-overs after I made my blue roses
With the ingredients that I have used, this is the amount of play dough that I made. There are still left-overs after I made my blue roses. So if you don’t want to have so much play dough of the same colour, you may cut them into half. Then, put 2 different colours in your play dough.

 

What says KPOPMOM on the edible play dough?

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! Totally love it!

What I love about this:

  1. The texture is really smooth and very very close to the play-doh that you purchase from the stores
  2. I love the smell. There’s more of the baby cereal smell so I think baby will love it
  3. Didn’t know that the blue pea flower/ bunga telang can be made to such good use. Now I can say that my play dough is completely natural. I already have my next colour in mind – purple carrots!
  4. The colour didn’t transfer to my hands! With my previous experiment (using food colouring/ food dye), the blue colour transfered so easily to my hands
  5. It is safe and  completely edible! I don’t have to worry if my baby takes and put a tiny piece into her mouth

What I think can be improved:

  1. I think the recipe given with 3tbs of vegetable oil was too much. The play dough felt slightly oily. Although it is still okay, I would have loved it more if it is not so oily.
  2. Not sure if I can find a replacement for Baby Cereal ingredient as that made my play dough expensive!

What to do with your DIY edible play dough?

The edible play dough is so easy to make. Other than just as a sensory play toy for your  baby, you can make them as party packs or for kids to play with during their play dates. As your child grow, this can be a great bonding session for the both of you, even daddy can join. Create an atmosphere that allows your child to participate and do something, either kneading the dough, pouring the baby cereal or corn starch or even mixing the colouring!

So, what are you waiting for? Go and make your own edible play dough now.


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