Taste-Safe Playdough Recipe for Babies and Toddlers

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Want to play with playdough with your baby or toddler, but they still put things into their mouths? Check out this taste safe playdough recipe that’s perfect for babies and toddlers.

How to Make Taste-Safe Playdough

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out 1 cup of flour on it. Place it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-7mins.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Mix to combine.
  3. In a separate container, combine the 1/2 cup of boiling water, food colouring and oil. 
  4. Add the boiling water mixture to the flour mixture and mix. Be careful the mixture will be very hot!
  5. Add the 1/2 cup of boiling water in small increments until you have reached the desired consistency. Note: You may not need to add all of the water. If you are using a stand mixer, add the water as the mixer is turning. 
  6. If kneading by hand, let the mixture cool before you pick it up, protect your counters and hands from staining by laying a sheet of wax paper down and wearing gloves. Knead, knead, knead. Knead it until all its smooth and soft! If using a stand mixer let it continue to mix on medium-high until it starts to form a dough ball.

How to Store Your Taste-Safe Playdough 

Store your playdough in an airtight container such as a ziplock bag or any airtight storage container with a lid. Storing it in this way allows it to last for up to 6 months! 

How do you fix sticky playdough?

If you find your playdough is too sticky, add a very small amount of flour to your hands as you knead it. Continue adding very small amounts at a time while kneading until you reach the desired consistency. You don’t want to add too much flour otherwise it may get too dry.

Tips with Taste-Safe Playdough for Babies and Toddlers

  • Always check for mould before letting your baby or toddler play with playdough, especially if they tend to put things into their mouths.
  • This playdough is taste-safe but not edible. Do not let your child eat the playdough.

Age Suitability for Taste-Safe Playdough for Babies and Toddlers

This activity is good for babies and toddlers aged children 12 months old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies for Taste-Safe Playdough for Babies and Toddlers

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  • 1 cup of white all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar 
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoons of cooking oil 
  • 2-3 Drops of Gel Food colouring 
  • Stand mixer with dough hook or large mixing bowl and spoon
  • Measuring cup and measuring spoons

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