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Edible Play Dough – A Science Experiment you can Eat

Here’s a fantastic ‘kitchen science’ experiment you can try at home!

We will use different ingredients that you may have around in the kitchen and transform them into cool experiments for you and your family to enjoy!

In this blog we will be making edible play dough… Yes, that’s right! Edible play dough! Children like to eat play dough but it is really not good for them. This recipe makes play dough out of ingredients you can find in your kitchen and is safe to eat!

You will need:

  • Porridge
  • Apple sauce
  • Corn flour
  • Infant powdered cereal
  • Vegetable oil
  • Food colouring
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Small bowls
  • A big mixing bowl
  • A measuring jug
  • Blender or hand mixer
  • Adult supervision

Step 1
Measure one cup of porridge, one cup of cornflour and one cup of infant powder cereal and mix them together in a big bowl.

Step 2
Get one cup of apple sauce then blend it with a hand mixer or blender until smooth. Add this into the big bowl along with one teaspoon of vegetable oil then mix together until combined.

Step 3
At this point the mixture may not look right but do not worry! Add a touch of water if the mixture is too dry or more cornflour and porridge if mixture is too sticky.

When you have the right texture of dough, sprinkle some cornflour on the worktop and plop your dough on your work surface. Knead the dough until strong enough to hold its shape, then chop into sections for dyeing.

Step 4
Add each of your food colours to small separate bowls, then knead the dough into the bowl to pick up all the colour.

Step 5
Taste, enjoy and have fun! Try some of our suggested activities below, or just enjoy playing and exploring this fun material!

Activities with your play dough!
Now you have your play dough that is safe to eat, have a go at these activities without worrying if your child takes a bite of the dough!

Make a boat

Design a boat shape with your play dough and see if it will float. What can you do to the shape to make it float or sink?

Make shapes

Making different shapes out of play dough is a great way to learn! See how many sides you can give your shape!


Using dough of different colours you can practise counting. Make a different number of shapes out of each dough and count them.

Make animals and plants

Think about a place where animals and plants live. The sea? The jungle? A farm? Make the animals and plants out of play dough and build your own habitat!

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