Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gluten Free Play-dough!

Wonderful alternatives to wheat/gluten containing play-dough for those with allergies.  

 Gluten & Corn Free Kool-aid Playdough 
·         1 cup rice flour
·         1/2 cup salt
·         2 tsp cream of tarter
·         1 package Kool-aid, unsweetened
·         1 Tb oil
·         1 cup boiling water
1.    In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, cream of tarter, Kool-aid, and oil until combined.
2.    Add boiling water and stir until blended. Allow to cool; knead to blend color if necessary.
3.    Store in airtight bag or container in the refrigerator.

Gluten-free Play Dough
Courtesy of the Celiac Sprue Association. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 cup water
1 tsp cooking oil
Food coloring, if desired
Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until mixture forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a sealable plastic bag.

Rubbery Playdough
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cornstarch

Mix with a fork until smooth. Boil over medium heat until thick. Spoon onto plate or wax paper. 

Homemade Play Dough
Adapted from the Kids Play Clay recipe on the side of the Clabber Girl Cornstarch canister 
1 cup salt
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Food coloring (optional)
In a medium saucepan, mix salt and 1/3 cup water over medium heat, stirring occasionally (about 3-4 minutes). Mixture should appear like slushy, wet snow. Remove from heat.
Add cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. The mixture will resemble mashed potatoes. Stir till thickens, cool, then knead on a board or countertop that has been lightly dusted wtih cornstarch. If desired, divide dough into smaller balls and add a few drops of food coloring.
Store unused play dough in the refrigerator in a sealed container with a damp sponge

Gluten Free Homemade Playdough Recipe

3/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup salt
3/4 cup rice flour
3 teaspoons cream of tarter
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cup water
food coloring (optional)
Add all ingredients to a saucepan (except food coloring). Cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until thickened in a ball. Remove from pan and let cool. Add food coloring and knead dough. Continue kneading until no longer sticky.
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 months.

White Goop
Something fun to play with that's messy but easy to clean up!
1 part corn starch
2 parts water
Mix ingredients together until smooth.
Try to make a ball with the mixture. Note how it kind of keeps its shape as long as you are working with it, but as soon as you stop, it "melts" through your fingers.

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