Use cookie cutters to shape your clay doughLooking for an alternative to store bought play dough or clay for your children? These non-toxic, edible recipes will let you make your own! Here are 3 of my family’s favorite clay and dough recipes. The children love to play with dough of course, what child doesn’t. And it seems they enjoy the playing even more when they themselves have made the clay or dough. All of the recipes below are edible so parents of preschoolers like mine, who enjoy sticking things in their mouths, won’t have to worry about toxins or potential recalls.

Kool-Aid Edible Play-Dough

  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil (we use Olive oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons Alum
  • Kool-Aid Packet (pick your flavor, I mean….color)

Boil the water and mix in the salt until it is completely dissolved, then mix in the Kool-Aid packet of your choice. Once it is dissolved add in the flour, oil and alum. Knead until smooth. This recipe has resulted in some of the brightest shades of dough we’ve had around our house including “Soarin’ Strawberry Lemonade,” Cherry and Grape! It will last for at least two months.

Tried and True Mommy Tip: Use a cookie sheet on the kitchen table or floor for the kids to put their playing dough on. That way no crumbles will get on their clothes, shoes, the table, etc. All the mess is contained on the cookie sheet, making it easy to clean 

Peanut Butter Clay Dough for Cookie Monsters 

  • 18 oz. Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons Honey
  • Non-Fat Dry Milk
  • Cocoa Powder

A Family Favorite! Mix all the ingredients. You’ll want to use the cocoa powder sparingly as it’s just for flavoring. Dry milk acts as flour to make the dough stiff enough to be pliable. Once your dough is mixed up, the kids can create three-dimensional animals or use cookie cutters to make interesting shapes. Decorate their creations with edibles like granola, chocolate chips, raisins, sprinkles or other fun kitchen foods.

Tried and True Mommy Tip: We love this recipe. The edible monsters we can make are super fun treat for the kids on a rainy day when outdoor play is out of the question. I like that it is relatively healthy compared to pre-package snacks and deserts. My kids like they get to eat the animals they have made themselves!  

Cookie Christmas Ornament Clay Dough

  • 2 Cups Salt
  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water

Dissolve the salt into the 2/3 Cup of Water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, mix the cornstarch into cold water. When salt water is boiling add in cornstarch mixture and simmer until thick and doughy. When you roll the dough out on a cookie sheet use cornstarch as a flouring to keep dough from sticking.

Use blunt knives or cookie cutters to create the ornament shapes and be sure to include a small hole at the top to thread a ribbon through. Let them dry completely through and hang with yarn or ribbons.

Tried and True Mommy Tip: This is a fun “no bake” dough recipe that is easy to paint on. Let the kids paint their creations before hanging on the tree with pride. If you don’t want yet another Christmas ornament, glue round magnets on the back to create refrigerator magnet. These make excellent, homemade Christmas presents that the kids can feel pride in giving to grandparents and other relatives.