A few years ago during a Sunday school class, my son had his first experience with regular Playdoh. Whoops, big mistake! He quickly broke out in a horrendous case of rash and whelps all over his body. We researched what could cause this because I was under the impression it was “allergen-free.” In my research, I discovered it does contain wheat. I panicked that my son had a wheat allergy, and we would have to start a gluten-free diet. I dreaded it. After seeing the allergist, he did not have a wheat allergy. Well now what? What caused this reaction? That question still remains unanswered. Hasbro will not release the ingredients to their product. My assumption is perhaps it a dye or a fragrance used.
Years and another child later, we are having to have gluten-free diets anyways. Way to put my foot in my mouth on that one, ha! My daughter does have a wheat allergy causing a gluten intolerance. Although a gluten-free diet is difficult at times, it is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Yes it is a pain to go out to eat, but it forces you to eat healthier. You cannot go wrong with that – healthy mommy and healthy kids!
On to what you have been waiting for… After several different attempts at homemade playdough, I have found this to be the best. It has the closest resemblance to the texture and without the icky smell. It even works with the Playdoh toys. Almost 6 years old and my son just got his first playdoh toy machine, and he loves it! Needless to say, I am one happy mommy!
1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1-1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup hot water
food coloring (I used Wilton’s cake icing coloring)
parchment or wax paper (prevents food color staining on counter)
air tight storage bags or containers
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a large non-stick pot.
- Add the vegetable oil, then the water, and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.
- Heat the pot on the stove over low heat for about 4-5 minutes. Stir frequently with a silicone spatula.
- Once the dough starts to pull away from sides without sticking, place the dough onto parchment paper. Let it cool.
- Knead food coloring into the dough until you get the color you desire.
This makes approximately 2 cups of play dough. Do not double the recipe in one cooking to yield more. Instead, remake another batch separately. I learned that the hard way and ended up cooking the dough way longer than needed. Cooking to long will cause the dough to not be workable and too “plasticy.” Also, I recommend using gloves during the coloring. I didn’t and as you can see, I am just as colorful as the playdough. I even had an engagement shoot the next day. Hopefully the couple didn’t think I was crazy with multi-color hands!