Edible outer space play dough is a quick and fun project for young children. This taste-safe playdough only has 2-3 ingredients and your kids will be busy playing with it in no time!
What is Edible Play Dough?
Edible play dough is a play dough that is made with ingredients that are safe for kids (or adults) to ingest and eat.
The Play-Doh that you buy at the store is non-toxic but is not meant to be ingested. They won’t say exactly what is in the Play-Doh for proprietary reasons so as a parent it is hard to know what your child might sneak into their mouth when you glance away.
If you make your own homemade play dough you will know exactly what is inside. This homemade edible play dough contains only food ingredients so you know it is 100% safe.
Please note that although this play dough is safe to eat I would not encourage children to eat it because it is extremely high in sugar content!
I love easy DIY projects to do with my kids or to make as gifts. This edible outer space play dough only has 2 or 3 ingredients. This is an inexpensive activity to make with your kids.
- Frosting (white or colored)
- Powdered Sugar
- Food Coloring if using white frosting
How to Make Edible Play Dough
It is easy to make several batches of this play dough in one sitting. I like to batch work and do several different colors for more fun creativity.
Step One: Add Frosting
The first step is to add the container of frosting to your large mixing bowl. The easiest way to make this is to use your stand mixer.
A hand mixer will also work if you don’t have a stand mixer.
Step Two: Add Powdered Sugar
Start off by adding one cup of powdered sugar to the mixing bowl and mix it well.
Slowly add the second cup of powdered sugar to the bowl. Continue mixing.
The mixture should be a little bit sticky, but not horribly sticky.
Step Three: Add Color (Optional)
If you are using white frosting and you want your play dough to be white there is no need to add food coloring.
To make colored play dough with white frosting you will need to add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture. Mix the food coloring in well and add more to get the shade of color you prefer.
If you are using colored frosting you can skip this step.
Step Four: Knead
Scrap the dough out of the bowl and place it on a work surface that has been dusted with powdered sugar.
Start kneading the dough until it is smooth and is no longer sticking to your fingers. You may need to add more powdered sugar while you are kneading the dough.
It could take up to another 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to get it just right.
When you are done be sure to store the play dough in the refrigerator in an airtight container until you are ready to use it again.
Place the container out on the counter to sit for 10-15 minutes so it can soften up before being played with. It will get a little hard from being in the refrigerator.
Encourage the kids to have some fun with the dough before eating it!
You can print off the complete ingredients and instructions for this edible outer space play dough recipe via the card below.
Edible Outer Space Play Dough
- 1 container white or colored Frosting
- 3 drops Food coloring if you don’t find the colored frosting or want other colors not available in the colored frosting!
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Using a stand mixer, or a bowl with a hand mixer, add the frosting to the mixing bowl.
- Add one cup of powdered sugar and mix well.
- Slowly add second cup of powdered sugar. You want the mixture to not be terribly sticky to the touch. It will be a bit sticky but shouldn’t be super sticky!
- If you are using white frosting, add your food coloring. Start with 2-3 drops and add 1-2 drops until you get the color you want.
- Scrape mixture out of bowl and onto your flat work surface that is dusted with powdered sugar.
- Knead mixture until it is smooth and no longer sticks to your hands and fingers. You may need to add ½ cup or so of powdered sugar until it gets to this point.
- Store your edible play doh in the fridge in an airtight container or baggie until ready for use. Allow to sit out for 10-15 minutes before the kids play with it as it will be a bit hard after being in the fridge!
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