A bit of messy fun

Posted by Crab and The Fox on

We love messy play.

Most of the time I try to make sure this takes place outside the house, preferably at a baby class where someone else will clear up the mess, but we have tried messy play in the bath tub. Clearing up the baby afterwards proved difficult, as I needed to transfer said messy baby (now coated in baked beans and sauce) to a safe place which I didn't mind also getting covered in baked bean sauce, while I emptied the bath tub of mess, so that I could fill it up with water to clean the baby. I didn't quite think that one through.

Hearty Hands

Here we are at Hearty Hands in Langton Green, Kent enjoying some seriously messy play.

I had been meaning to try out a recipe for edible playdough, as it sounded messy enough to be fun, but not messy enough to require forward planning. I also wanted to try making something with cornflour, because... well, who doesn't want to play with cornflour. 

I knew the recipe had to be edible though, as the Firebug is still putting everything into his mouth, and I found a edible and gluten free version, so I thought we would give it a go.

So for anyone else looking for a totally gluten free, complete edible play dough, here's the recipe I used.

Edible, gluten free, play dough

150g - Baby rice 
3 tbsp - Vegetable Oil
150g - Cornflour 
120ml - Unsweetened Applesauce (or water if you don't have apple sauce)
A few drops - Food colouring 


Ingredients for playdough


I had loads of HiPP baby rice left over from when we first attempted weaning with the Firebug, so I just used this.

The food colouring I had didn't work very well, as you will see from the later images. I recommend using something high in E numbers and fluorescent, rather than my natural version which just didn't have the desired impact.

Let's get started.

1. Measure out your ingredients. 


Baby rice in cup

2. Mix your baby rice and cornflour together in a large mixing bowl. 

Mixing Bowl 
3. Add your apple sauce, vegetable oil and food colouring. And keep mixing.

Food Colouring in Mixing Bowl

4. Mix well, and knead by hand.

Mix Food Colouring

5. Keep kneading until the dough is smooth and pliable.


6. If you find the dough is still sticky, add some more baby rice taking care to knead it all in before you decide if you need to add any more. If your dough is too dry, add a little water. 

Keep kneading

Your dough will keep for several days in the fridge if you keep it in a sealed container or wrap it up with cling film.

When you take it out of the fridge for the first time, you might find it's a little hard, but this should change once you play with it and warm it up a little. If not, add a touch more water. 



So this is our finished version - as you can see it has the right texture but it doesn't have the bright, fun, play dough colour I was quite going for. Definitely make sure you use some industrial strength food colouring.

We had fun though, and it turned out not to be quite so messy after all. 



Multiple shapes

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