Gluten Free Playdough

Did you know that play-doh contains gluten? My sister is guest posting today sharing her thoughts on dealing with the issue. She also shares the link to her favorite recipe for homemade gluten free playdough. 

My daughter had been gluten-free a couple of months when Christmas rolled around. And sure enough, one of her presents from a close relative was a Play-Doh set, complete with a giant monkey to shove the dough through.

Although she was thrilled at the sight of this gift, I was more than a bit annoyed. One of the main ingredients in Play-Doh is wheat, and when your small child is gluten-free, the last thing you really want to do is hand them a ball of wheat to play with. I realize they aren’t exactly supposed to eat the stuff, but seriously, when you spend a great deal of time and money (not to mention effort) creating a gluten-free kitchen, the last thing you really want to do is let you child roll wheat all over the table and their hands.

There are some gluten-free play doughs on the market, but they are pretty expensive. A great alternative, and my tip for today, is to make your own gluten-free play dough. If stored in a resealable plastic bag, it should last for quite a long time.

I already had a favorite play dough recipe I had been making for years, so I easily converted it to be gluten-free by simply replacing the wheat flour with rice flour. This recipe contains Kool-Aid which creates a dough with a vibrant color and pleasing scent.

Another simple gluten-free play dough recipe is here. It comes from the Celiac Sprue Association and has ingredients you probably have in the pantry.

Making play dough is super easy and inexpensive, not to mention a fun activity. If you have a gluten-free child in your life I am sure they would be thrilled to get in the kitchen and produce their very own batch of safe, homemade play dough.

For more great gluten free information and giveaways please visit the other bloggers joining in on the 10 Days of Gluten Free.

Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog

Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat

Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal

Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl

Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free

Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva

Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry

I hope you will join us for 10 Days of Gluten Free! 

And here are the details for my giveaway. GIVEAWAY OVER EMMA’S COMMENT ON THE PLAGHDOUGH POST WON. Winner chosen by

I am giving away one $25 Bob’s Red Mill gift card that is good for their online store and one copy of my Cooking 101 For Kids ebook to one reader. 

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of GF posts)
  • The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.
  • No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.


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  1. Bonnie B says:

    thanks for the recipe

  2. Can’t wait to try this out!

  3. Angel R. says:

    I must try this – and soon! Love the idea of adding KoolAid. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I had the other play dough recipe whereby you had to use food coloring. This is a great recipe using Kool-aid. Looks good enough to eat ! Thanks

  5. Jessica B says:

    Looking forward to trying this.

  6. I keep saying I’m gonna make this but I haven’t gotten around to it.

  7. Very cool!

  8. Eating play dough isn’t really my thing…but sometimes things happen. :)

  9. I wish I had had this recipe when my children were little in the 1990′s. They were often sick when playing with real PlayDough.

  10. We always have GF playdough in the house, so my boys can play whenever they want to. :)

  11. Oh! I almost missed the 10 days of gluten free! Reading a lot of this section today because I need a gluten-free dessert :-)

  12. Jessica Holmes says:

    Thanks for the recipes! I’ve been struggling to find one that was easy to make!

  13. Lynn,
    I was DELIGHTED to open my email today and find a recipe for GF Play-doh!!

    I have a Licensed Day Care and two of my DC children are GF. I was trying to find a GF recipe for Play-doh two days ago so that I could make this with the children next week. I love the idea of utilizing Kool-aid as a colorant too!

    Thanks to your sister, when Monday comes, I will be very prepared. :o)

    Blessings & Grace,
    H2HLady <3

  14. Thanks for the recipes!

  15. I remember making homemade play dough for my kids. Nice to know there are ways to create gluten-free FUN!

  16. Cindy W. says:

    I will have to try this.

  17. Love the idea. However, the kool-aid (EVERY COLOR) is full of artificial dyes (red 3, red 40, yellow 5 &6, blue 1, etc) that are readily absorbed through the skin. Those are KNOWN carcinogens and make lots of kids have very bad reactions (think severe autism like fits, hyperactivity, rashes, etc). In every country of the world except the US they are either banned entirely or they are required to put huge warning labels on things that have the dyes. I would make the playdough, but instead of coloring it with koolaid or the regular “McCormick’s dye” (which is concentrated red 40, yellow 5, blue 1) I would go with India dyes. They may end up not being quite as vibrant, but I won’t have a child in a complete emotional meltdown either.

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