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GF Homemade Playdough: Worthy of Play or DOH! ?

What a fun day!  At the request of my daughter I found then made two gluten free playdough recipes that I found on the web to see which one, if any, are worth the bother.

Recipe 1: from the Celiac Disease Foundation


1/2 cup rice flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup salt

2 tsps cream of tarter

1 cup water

1 tsp. cooking oil

food coloring if desired



Mix ingredients in medium sized saucepan.  Cook and stir on low heat until it forms a ball.  Cool completely before storing it in a seal-able plastic bag.

I made the mistake of doing this on a day when the arthritis in my hands was acting up.  It hurt to stir the dough in the pan.  If you have a similar issue either wait for a less painful day or have someone (an older grand?) stir it for you.



This is where my hands started hurting.  It gets very sticky.

This recipe required some tweaking on my part to make it playable.  After in cooked as much as it could before my hands gave out, the dough was still too sticky to use.  I kneaded the warm dough in some cornstarch I put out on the counter; the warmth felt good on my hands.

The final results.


Recipe 2: I remember making this when I was a kid.  The recipe came from the cornstarch box.  I found this in my search for GF playdough recipes.


1 cup baking soda

1 cup water

1 cup cornstarch



Mix ingredients in saucepan over low heat.  Stir until mixture become very thick.  Mix in liquid watercolor or food coloring if desired.  Remove from heat, knead until smooth.  Store in Ziploc bag in refrigerator for up to a month.



I let it cook just a little while longer from this point.

I did not need to add cornstarch when this was finished.  The texture was nice and it was not too sticky.

I made small roses from each kind of dough to see which one I liked better.  I needed to dip my fingers in water to work with the cornstarch (recipe 2) dough because it started to dry quickly.


Recipe 1 has a grittier texture.  It feels and works more like conventional playdough.  Recipe 2 is smooth as silk.  You can do finer work with Recipe 2.  I’m not sure how important that is for young kids but older kids might prefer it.  I know the artist in me prefers Recipe 2 but the Grandma in me thinks Recipe 1 is better for younger children.

I had fun playing today.  I can’t wait to find some kids to use the playdough with.  Here’s a challange, make the playdough for yourself!  It’s a blast letting the creative, unassuming child out to play.  You will understand better the delight your grands and or children feel when they get their hands in this wonderful squishy stuff.

Have you played today?


Hello world!

Hello! I recently got to spend six weeks with my grandchildren in Denver. What a blast! E is 20 months old and N is 1 month. E is an absolute delight! She wakes up in the morning smiling and ready to take on the day. She loves to paint, color, run, slide, and paste things; especially herself. While I was visiting we made Mommy a mother’s day present, created a painting on canvas, made a travel journal, colored ourselves (more than once), played with play dough; every day was a new adventure.

The purpose of this blog is to help other grandparents and parents come up with fun activities to do with their little ones. They only stay small for a short while. They want to hang out with us for only a few years. Let’s make the most of those years and the rewards will be reaped in spades when they become adults and start doing fun things with their own children.

I will be posting ideas and instructions for fun things to do as well as inviting others to post and join in on the fun. I tend not to endorse any one product, however, some products may be suggested when I know the quality is better for that particular project. There will be blog hops, games, crafts, arts, book reviews and activities to go with them, messy activities and clean activities too.

I love comments, opinions, suggestions and ideas. Bring’em on! Post, re-post and share all you like as long as I get the credit. I will give credit to others too.