There’s something about having a little one that brings out the kid in you. This month, I’ve been focusing on doing one sensory activity with E per day and I think I might be enjoying our activities more than she is! It’s almost Easter and, since I’m dying to inject a little spring into our lives right now, I decided to try out this easy and colorful marshmallow playdough recipe.
With E still being in that stage where she likes to taste pretty much everything, I knew I didn’t want to dabble in commercial playdough or silly putty so I scoured the interwebs for an edible alternative. This marshmallow playdough is toddler-proof and so fun to play with (for both kiddos and kids at heart).
I didn’t have the highest expectations for this marshmallow playdough but I’m really impressed with how it turned out. It’s easily moldable but not sticky and it doesn’t break apart as easily as I remember regular playdough doing. It’s not the best tasting (it tastes a little like fondant but sweeter) but all the of the ingredients are edible so you don’t have to worry if your toddler tries to snack on her creations. Cleanup was a breeze which is always a plus in my book and it lasts for around a month if you store it in an airtight container.
Kid-Safe Marshmallow Playdough
- Coconut Oil
- Food Coloring
How to Make Kid-Safe Marshmallow Playdough
Step 1: Add 1/2 cup marshmallows and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl.
Step 2: Microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds.
Step 3: Add your desired food coloring and mix well.
Step 4: Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Stir until combined; when it gets harder to mix with a spoon, add a bit more cornstarch and knead with your fingers. It might be hot so be sure to check the temperature just to be sure.
Step 5: Enjoy playing with your marshmallow playdough!
Baby E was a huge fan of her new marshmallow playdough. She loved stretching it out and making fingerprints in the dough. I think next time I’ll break out the cookie cutters to add a little more fun to the activity. E did try and taste the dough but she wasn’t a fan of the taste so I call that a win.
I did find that after playing with it for a bit the dough does get sticky. If you find that’s true for your dough, just coat your little’s hands with a bit of coconut oil and you’ll be good to go.
Store your marshmallow playdough in an airtight container (I used a sandwich-style ziplock bag) and it will last about a month in a warm dry place. If it does get dry, try kneading it a little with your hands or popping it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it.
I’m looking forward to having E help with the recipe when she gets a little older and I think this will be a fun activity for many years to come. This marshmallow playdough was a huge hit for us and I know we’ll be making this recipe again!