In my opinion the absolute worst thing about store bought Play-Doh is the SMELL. I recently learned it’s actually trademarked! Who knew? It does take me back to childhood memories of the Play-Doh barber chair (remember that)?! As a mom and preschool teacher, however, I much prefer nontoxic, SWEET SMELLING homemade playdough! This edible playdough recipe is even more exciting and fun!

Edible Play Dough Recipe

Recommended Grade Level:

Edible Frosting Play Dough Supplies:

  • Medium mixing bowl for each color desired
  • Spoon/spatula for mixing
  • Wax paper (optional)
  • 1 cup colorful Funfetti frosting for each batch/color desired
  • 2 cups powdered sugar for each batch

This homemade edible playdough recipe is the BEST! You can easily throw it together with or without help from your kiddo. Kids love the color, texture, scent and TASTE of this easy, homemade edible playdough with 2 ingredients!

This basic edible playdough recipe allows you to whip it up pretty quickly. Then you can get to the good stuff: squishing, flattening, rolling, creating, and eating!

Which Homemade Play Dough Should I Make?

If you interact with young kids, you’ve likely encountered play dough of all types: brand name store bought, generic store bought, and a PLETHORA of homemade playdough recipes, both edible and not-so-much.

Some recipes call for flour and salt, cream of tartar, gel food colors and boiling water. Others contain corn starch, peanut butter, lemon juice, coconut oil or essential oils.

It’s hard to decide which edible play dough recipe to choose without making them all. Who has time for that?! And sometimes we simply don’t have those items in the pantry.

This easy homemade playdough recipe without cream of tartar produces a delightfully smooth and soft dough. It smells delicious due to its two simple ingredients: frosting and powdered sugar!

Ingredients and supplies for making edible frosting play dough.

Nontoxic Homemade Edible Playdough Recipe

  • Medium mixing bowl for each color desired
  • Spoon/spatula for mixing
  • Wax paper (optional)
  • 1 cup colorful Funfetti frosting for each batch/color desired
  • 2 cups powdered sugar for each batch
To Make:
  1. Mix the frosting and 1 cup of powdered sugar together. Press with the back of a spoon until it creates a sticky dough.
  2. Continue adding powdered sugar a little at a time. Knead the dough on a lightly sugar-dusted surface, until the desired consistency is reached.
  3. Store the dough in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Refrigerated dough will be stiff. Allow to come to room temperature before playing.
Purple frosting play dough covered in white powder on a grey marble background.

Benefits of Playing with Playdough

Manipulating playdough offers a TON of benefits for young learners. An added benefit of a homemade playdough recipe is that it’s nontoxic. Furthermore, edible playdough takes out the worry for parents wondering, “Is playdough edible?!”

Making playdough WITH young kiddos offers even more benefits. They get the experience of following a recipe, measuring ingredients, stirring and kneading and creating something new!

This homemade playdough recipe is simple enough for even toddlers and mixes up pretty quickly before you lose anyone’s interest!

Once the playing begins, your toddler, preschooler, kindergartner or above will benefit in so many ways:

  • Fine motor coordination
  • Creativity
  • Language (talk, talk, TALK while creating)
  • Sensory exploration
  • Social skills (if playing in a peer group)
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Coping/calming/stress relieving

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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