Kids Week: Edible Playdough and Finger Paint

I love stuff like this. It’s the kind of thing that every parent needs to have on brain-file so you can whip it out at a moment’s notice when the kiddos need some quality fun time. The best part is that I can almost guarantee that you have all of these ingredients in your kitchen at this very moment. Both recipes are made with every day stuff from the kitchen so they’re especially great for little ones who are still in the everything-in-mouth phase. (My oldest is 3 1/2 and he’s still kind of in that phase!) I can also almost guarantee that the kids won’t be the only ones eating the playdough. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya…

Peanut Butter Playdough

1 C creamy peanut butter
2 C powdered sugar
1/2 C honey

Directions: mix mix mix. I use my stand mixer to make it quick, clean and easy, but if you prefer to make it long, messy, and not-so-easy, let your kids mix it up by hand 🙂

A lot of PB playdough recipes you’ll find include dry milk powder, but I really don’t like the grainy texture it creates so I use straight powdered sugar. Plus, it tastes waaaay better.

This makes plenty for 2-3 kids to enjoy. Just give ’em rollers, cutters, molds, etc. and let them go to town! My son and his most favorite gal-pal had a blast with it.

My cupboards were a little bare when we made this batch, but one thing that’s really fun is to give them things like pretzel sticks, graham crackers, cheerios, m&m’s etc and let them build stuff and decorate it.

Be prepared to see a lot of lip smackin’ going on because this stuff is goooood.

Like really good. Good as in I had to have my own pile of playdough which I hoarded and dreamt about dipping in chocolate. Hmmm….chocolate. I think I might have a party one day where adults play with peanut butter playdough and then turn it into fondue. Brilliant, right?? Anyway, next time you need something quick to entertain the kiddos, bust out the PB playdough!

Onto recipe numero dois:

Let me start by saying that calling this recipe “edible” is somewhat of a stretch. While it’s totally healthy to consume it, you’re probably not going to want to voluntarily shove it in your mouth like you will the PB playdough. But at least you know what’s in it and it won’t hurt a thing if your little ones start licking their fingers! Another great option for finger paint is adding a few drops of food-safe coloring to vanilla yogurt or pudding. Both are fun to play with and taste super yummy! We had a lot of fun with this one though.

Home Made Finger Paint
3 T sugar
1/2 C cornstarch 2 C cold water
food coloring

Mix sugar and cornstartch together in a sauce pan. Add cold water and combine with a whisk. Cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens to a thin pudding consistency. I recommend stopping the cooking process a little before it’s the consistency you’d like because it thickens upon standing. Once removed from heat, COOL and then separate into bowls and color as desired.

Spread out big sheets of freezer paper or newsprint and let the kiddos go to town. Better yet, do it outside! A friend of mine told me she has her kids paint all over the shower walls. Makes a great canvas and when they’re done she just washes it down. I thought that was brilliant!

This paint will be soft and smooth at first and over time it will start to thicken. Depending on your kids {ie: 3 1/2 year old boys} the thickened goop may be even more fun to play with than the original mixture!

Hope you enjoy some crafty kitchen fun today!
Click Here for Printable versions of both recipes

Check back soon for the giveaway winners and be back Monday for more posts. Thanks for making this theme week so much fun! The good news is that our next theme week {and awesome giveaway} is coming up in just a few short weeks!

Other posts from Kids Week:
Homemade Hot Pockets
Hand Tossed Ice Cream
Frozen Pudding Pops– updated with Strawberries & Cream recipe!


  1. I am loving your blog this week! I totally discovered it at the right time! We had hot pockets for lunch and I'm totally going to give the kids finger paint before their shower tonight.

  2. Peanut Butter Play-dough! That's so awesome! I need to make me some of that….Will I let my son play with it though or will it stay my little secret and snack…

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  3. We love peanut butter playdough! I used to make that a lot when my son was younger. We havnen't tried the fingerpaints before. That looks fun!

  4. My son just walked in the room and said, "That's peanut butter playdough!" I think I had better put creamy peanut butter on the grocery list for today so we can have some fun this afternoon!

  5. Wow, Edible PB Playdough. With this stuff we won't be picking playdough up off the floor all afternoon. Sweet!

  6. I will use this in my classroom. Another great option to edible fingerpaint is vanilla/white chocolate pudding with food coloring in it. It is very delicious!

  7. I made PB playdough once on a rainy day and totally felt like supermom. It was so nice to have the kids playing happily and realtively mess-free. I should also try the finger paint idea. Thanks!

  8. I'm excited about the finger paints! I had no idea that you could do that. I've made the play dough before and the kids loved it.

  9. These are awesome! I wish I had them a little while ago when I worked at a preschool. We had autistic children and a lot of them were on a gluten free, cassein free diet. With the powdered sugar instead of the dry milk, both of these would work for them. And the finger paint looks like a great sensory activity!!

  10. I love the finger paint idea! It is so fun and a little less scary for those of us with 1 year olds that love to taste everything.

  11. I know my kiddo would enjoy finger paint, but she's obsessed with putting everything she touches in her mouth…when do they grow out of that? It can't come soon enough! This safe version would be perfect for her!!

  12. Great ideas! You can also make Jell-o Fingerpaint by mixing a package of dry Jell-o with boiling water until the consistency is right. They smell so good!

  13. hmmm… this is cool, but i thought of when i was a kid, and my mom is such a neat freak, she'd never let us do this fun messy stuff. HAHA. love it.

  14. Great stuff! My daughter is going to have so much fun with the finger paints. I wish we could do the play dough but she is allergic to peanuts. 🙁 Thanks for the tips!

  15. That is all so fun. I love doing crafts with the kiddos. i just expanded on my site to do Craft Kitchen at Mommys Kitchen. The play dough will be so fun for my kiddos. Just found your site.

  16. I haven't made this stuff in forever. Thanks for the reminder…I may just get inspired and do something fun {and messy} with my kids! Yes..I might just be making the PB dough just so I can eat it…mom's can have ulterior motives, right?

  17. I'm really excited to see a PB playdough recipe w/o powdered milk. I don't often that stuff on hand. And the fingerpaints! I love making stuff in the kitchen with my kids but it's always some treat that I end up eating most of myself. So this is great stuff!

  18. Love it! I've been wanting some type of play dough recipe that 21 month old boy could eat! Thanks for all your hard work, and sharing with all of us!

  19. Oooh, I haven't made edible playdough in a long time. I made regular play dough last week, but this looks much more yummy AND fun! Thanks!

  20. Who went and made you all geniuses? love it – and not nearly as messy looking (just enough though) as the commercial substitutes.

  21. What a great idea! Food for finger paint and playdough is awesome :o) Now when my son spills it, I can let him lick it off the table ;o)

  22. This gives me courage to try something messy and *gasp* using food coloring. I like the PB cutout idea since gingerbread cookies are pretty labor-intensive and, c'mon, admit it, we moms don't ALWAYS want to make more work for ourselves. Thanks for showing us how it can be done!

  23. Ahh…peanut butter playdough is almost a staple in our house. I wonder what it'd look like to decorate it with the edible fingerpaint!?

  24. I just had to send this link to tons of mothers here, since its over 100 and they are probably in desperate need of something to do inside, thanks for the idea! I'm also hoping to get them addict to this site, I know I am!

  25. Ok, I was a little hesitant (about the mess) when I first started looking at this post, but now I think my 2 year-old would really love it! Especially the finger paint… he's not too into playdough yet.
    Thanks for a great week!

  26. Soooo fun! We made this today and the girls loved it! They even pulled it out this evening for the babysitter. And I'm thinking that would make a great center for homemade PB cups? No????

  27. i've done the colored yogurt but never the pb play doh. very excited, this would be a good idea for a 2 or 3 year old party activity-snack included! 🙂

  28. I love these ideas! I'm going to have to try the finger paints, for sure with my littlest one. I actually have a variation of the PB playdough using powdered milk and honey instead of sugar – you can check it out at:

    It's still sweet from the honey and the powdered milk add extra nutrition as well as the "dry stuff" you need to make it playdough.

  29. Cute models! I will have to try this. Maybe the cub scouts would enjoy making this, then again maybe not. I just had a scary thought of this flying through the church.

  30. Entirely too cool…esp since I'm looking for the kids to do when I go out to Utah to help my mother go through her house and they are at home in Kentucky with DH for a week!

  31. oh my goodness!!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH! I am 13 and I loved the peanut butter playdough! I am taking it to school and sharing it with my friends! it tastes amazing!

  32. This looks like a really great idea! My (almost) 3 year old niece and I played with Playdough on my last visit and she spent most of the time licking her fingers…so the idea of edible playdough sounds great. I think I will make it as part of her Christmas present this year. Has anyone tried adding a little food coloring to the PB Playdough? I was wondering if it would work with PB or not.

  33. Do you happen to have a recipe for edible playdough w/o peanut butter? My 2 y.o. is allergic :(. I know, right? It sucks, but it would be worse if she were allergic to eggs or flour or something else I really couldn't live w/o!

  34. OMGOSH!!! I think you must have read my mind when this weekend I wished there was such a thing as non-toxic edible finger paints! Have I mentioned recently how much I love you guys! My 15-month-old would say it if he could talk, that's for sure!!

  35. This looks like fun but just a warning to everyone if you are doing this for a play group or daycare facilities…

    A Lot of kids are allergic to peanuts so please be sure to double check that it’s safe for everyone! (parents may not know that there’s peanuts in it unless you specifically tell them so.

  36. Just found this recipe for my little 1 year old. I am so glad I tried it first before giving her real playdough because the first thing she did was put it in her mouth! She then didn’t even play with it, all she wanted to do was eat it! Thanks for the recipe, it was super quick and easy.

  37. I just tried the peanut butter playdoh. If your doing it for just one kid definitely cut the recipe in half. I’m going to let it stay in my fridge for a day as I think it’ll be okay. Does anyone know for sure how long it’ll be “good”?
    My son really liked it, playing and making them into “balls” and kept calling it candy. Thank you, he just turned two! I will be trying the paint tomorrow :)!

  38. made the pb playdough today and was so disappointed–it was really dry and too hard for my 3 year old to play with…what did I do wrong? Can I fix it?

  39. I spoke too soon! all of the kids pushed it away! It’s not my fault that I have super picky kids! Well, all the more for me! Also, are there any substitutes for the honey because I found the taste it added not particularly appealing. Thanks!

  40. I wanted to make the pb and honey play dough for a bday party favor. How much in advance can i make this and how long will it stay good for? I’m going to package it in small canning jars.

  41. we rolled in it in to small balls when we were done playing and covered in to chocolate and froze for a few hours it tasted great!!!

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