“But Mom, Corinne will eat the play dough!”
That was William’s response to my suggestion that we do something with our hands. And his concern is quite valid, Corinne might eat play dough, which makes it a challenge to enjoy this kind of sensory play.
I know there are hundreds of creative play dough recipes that are edible and can easily be found on the Internet, (especially Pinterest). And I know that if Corinne eats a bit of home made play dough, which is made primary of salt and flour, it will not hurt her, but I wanted something that was truly edible, that if she stuck a golf ball sized amount in her mouth and swallowed the entire thing she wouldn’t upend it in the most unpleasant ways twenty minutes later.
So, I created this recipe for her.Edible Play Dough Recipe 1 cup creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons shortening 3/4 cup powdered milk 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar Mix well and knead in extra powdered sugar until dough is of play dough consistency. Refrigerate for a few hours for a better set, or use immediately. Refrigerate any uneaten dough at the end of play session.
Ok, so this is actually more of a no-bake cookie recipe. In fact, it is very similar to any recipe one might find by Googling “peanut butter ball recipe.” But, it is edible, and there is no cooking required, either…and I whipped it up in about two minutes.
As the picture shows below Corinne did stick not a golf ball sized lump, but more like a Bing cherry sized lump of dough right into her mouth.
She smiled and enjoyed it, helped herself to another few pieces, but then just played.
I was surprised at how little Corinne actually ate, overall, and even more surprised at how little William ate. (He has a terrible sweet tooth, just like his Mama).
While the recipe is a little nontraditional, it certainly suited our needs. The kids got some sensory play in, which gratefully kept them busy for the better part of an hour, and it was completely safe for both the kids. Best of all, it was something my kids, despite their ages, could enjoy together!