With Princess R now in school I have to really worry about food in her classroom that is not safe for her to eat. For the first time in her life she will be surrounded by lunches filled with gluten and will be on her own to make the right choice not to do the trade-your-lunch-with-friends thing many kids do. It’s not only the food I have to worry about but also the products in their classroom – like traditional, store bought play dough.
There really is no way that you can walk into a kindergarten classroom and not find play dough – it’s a traditional play and education tool for that age group. There are a few gluten-free brands of play dough that you can purchase but seeing how much kids go through it can become quite costly. I recently tested out my own recipe for gluten-free play dough that took under 10 minutes and being able to make multiple batches in different colors was a selling factor for me.
Gluten-Free Play Dough Recipe
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of corn OR potato starch
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1/2 cup of table salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
In a large mixing bowl mix together all ingredients. Add to pot over medium heat and stir together until mix turns into a well-formed ball. Remove from heat (optional separate into sections and add a different food color to each ball). Store in air tight containers when completely cooled.