When you are on a gluten-free diet it is important for your playdough and art supplies to be gluten-free. Anything your child touches (or might ingest) should be free of your child’s food allergens. Here’s a recipe I came to after several failures–from rubbery to soupy. This one works and is easy.
- 3/4 Cup White Rice Flour
- 3/4 Cup Cornstarch
- 3/4 Cup Salt
- 1 Tbsp Cream of Tartar (same thing as tartaric acid powder – NOT tartar sauce)
- 2 tsp olive or seed oil
- 1 ½ Cup Water, hot but not boiling
- Food Coloring, as desired
Add all dry ingredients in a pot. Add vegetable oil, then the water, and continue to mix until thoroughly combined. Then turn on heat. Heat the pot on the stove over low heat – stir continuously for about 3 minutes. When the dough pulls away from the sides into a big ball, place dough into glass bowl
Once cool enough to handle. Divide into 3-5 pieces. Add several drops of natural food coloring to the ball and massage until you get the color you desire. I like to make an indentation in the ball, drop in the food coloring, fold the ball over so the color is in the middle, and slowly knead until color is blended. If the dough is too wet, add cornstarch. If it’s too dry, massage in a bit of water. It’s a fun post and easy to do. Here it is.
It’s really fun to make playdough. You can feel good about this playdough, especially if your child eats playdough like mine does.
I have more ideas on storing your playdough, mixing colors, and playdough molds at: http://nourishinghope.com/2012/03/gluten-free-playdough-recipe/