Gluten-free Play Dough

When your child is diagnosed with Celiac disease, one thing that may slip your mind, as you’re removing the Oreos and Teddy Grahams from your cupboard, is the other non-food items that your child comes into contact with that could be making them ill. One of those seemingly harmless, but very dangerous, items is play dough. All homemade and commercially available play dough contain wheat flour as the main ingredient. And although your child should not be eating the play dough, we all know that children get carried away and like to nibble on their creations (until they’ve tasted it, that usually only happens once). Plus, since the gluten will dry all over their hands, it increases the chance of them accidentally ingesting the gluten, even if they don’t mean to.

By making this gluten-free play dough, your gluten-free child can have all the fun of making “cookies”, snakes, snowmen, and anything else their imaginations can conjure up. Because it is homemade, you can customize the colour, and if you decide to get funky, you can add some nice chunky glitter to make the play dough sparkle. Make a batch for at home and a batch for at school or preschool and your child will never be left out of the fun!

13 Responses to Gluten-free Play Dough

  1. Liz July 5, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    What is chunky glitter and where would I find it?

    • Jeanine July 5, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Liz, it’s just a bigger flaked glitter, I got mine from the dollar store. You can find ultra fine glitter, which wouldn’t work as well, I don’t think. this stuff just gives bigger glitter pieces. :)

  2. Heather Porrill July 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I would not get any work done if I made this, I would be playing all day with the dough!

    • Jeanine July 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      Haha, maybe you should offer some for people in the tea room to play with. Keep them there longer. 😉

      • Heather September 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

        I am going to, finally over 2 years later, going to make this play dough recipe. I am setting up a table at the local farmers market and want to have a few extras that are gluten free. Then I can sit there and play!

        • Jeanine September 26, 2014 at 7:05 am #

          Ah, Heather, I’m sure you’ll be so busy at the market, you won’t have time for it! 😉 I’ve started playing around with a glue & borax slime – I think you should make some of that, it woudl really get the kids attention!

          • Heather September 26, 2014 at 8:13 am #

            I like the dough!!! Not sure about the glue and borax slime, so I look forward to a post about it.

  3. Margaret A. Massey July 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    The inner child comes to mind. Why shouldn’t you join in the fun!!

    • Jeanine July 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Isn’t that the truth! :) Always young at heart.

  4. Jen B July 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Thank you for the recipe! Definitely going to try it soon for the four year old!

    • Jeanine July 23, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      Awesome! Hope you have a great time playing play dough!


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