I am packing to spend time with my 18-month-old grandson, Nikolai while his mom & dad are in the hospital welcoming his new brother.  Babies are rarely on schedule so, I am only preparing right now.

Me, Nikolai and Gilbert (their dog, who I lovingly referred to as GillyB) will spend a few days together… and I am collecting ‘things to do’.  We are already great crayon-artists together…and we do all of the outdoors sports including eating sticks, climbing on jungle gyms, and sliding down slides.  But, during this visit I would like to introduce him to modeling-clay or playing-dough (not to be confused with the trademarked stuff).

When my own children were little I made edible-play-dough for them.  Recently I found a few more recipes and I thought I’d make a comparison.

Be careful!   Three of the four recipes are made with peanut butter…make sure that your child or your grown-up are not allergic.


In RED bowl:

1. My original recipe (the one I used with my own children)

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup quick oats

1 cup powdered instant dry milk

1/3 cup of honey

Mix ingredients thoroughly. You can store this in an airtight container…but I usually didn’t keep it very long.

In YELLOW bowl:

2. Peanut Butter Powdered Milk Dough

½  cup creamy peanut butter

½  cup powdered instant dry milk

½  cup of honey

Mix well and knead for a few minutes. Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container,  keep for no more than a week.

In GREEN bowl:

3. Quick Oats Playing Dough

½ cup flour

1 cup quick oats

½ cup water

Mix and form into shapes. This can be painted when dry.  It is edible, but doesn’t taste very good.

In BLUE bowl:

4. Super Sweet Play Dough

1 cup of creamy peanut butter

½ cup of honey

2 cups of powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)

Mix. Store in airtight container…do not keep very long.

I made the four recipes….and rolled a ball out of each one.

The first one (in red bowl) is my original recipe that I used with my kids years ago. I personally think it is the best tasting one.

The second one (in yellow bowl) is a little stickier to work with, but tastes good.

The third one (in green bowl) has no peanut butter and nothing sweet….works as a fairly good clay…but doesn’t taste very good.  And once it is dried, they say it can be painted (I haven’t tried that yet)

And the fourth bowl (blue one) is super sweet. Works well as clay and tastes to me like peanut butter icing!

As you can see here I ‘smooshed’ the lumps of clay and cut out a circle with the top of a small drinking glass. …, it looks like all four recipes would work well with cookie cutters.

My kids would make little animals, cars and whatever…and then eat them.  I remember doing this after lunch, so they were already cleaned-up and had nutritious food in their bellies.  It was more of a treat….a creative treat!

If you get a chance to try the recipes (or can imagine which one you’d like to use)…take the POLL.    It might be fun to see which is the most popular!

And if you’d like to add comments or your own recipe please do.


PS:  I found out that I had a ‘lock’ on my blog…so that most comments were blocked…hopefully, I have fixed that problem…so comment-away!  


2 thoughts on “PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD

  1. I love playing with my food, and I love playing in clay, so this is the perfect combination! I’ll bet I could bake the sculptures as doggie treats after I’m done playing.

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