Edible Paint And Playdough Recipes

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Edible Playdough and paint recipes

Edible Paint And Playdough Recipes

Parents are usually aware of the many benefits that can be found in ‘messy play’, where kids are free to make a mess, and maybe create something at the same time. Children of all ages get the benefit of this kind of playtime, but it’s particularly good for little ones like toddlers and older babies. The issue is, that children at this age are still discovering things by putting them in their mouths, which makes most paint and playdough unsuitable for use.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution for parents wanting to embrace messy play and also keep their kids from getting sick by eating something they shouldn’t: homemade edible paint and playdough. Here are simple recipes for paint and playdough that you can try yourself at home!

Edible Paint

Kids absolutely love spending the day playing with paint, but when you have small kids the risk of them putting paint in their mouths means it’s hard to embrace this activity. That’s why all parents need a reliable edible finger paint recipe up their sleeves. The best finger painting recipes are ones that also incorporate a really interesting texture, that makes the paint fun to handle, and customisable in terms of thickness.

Edible Paint
Safe and fun finger paint

Finger Paint Recipe


Tap water

Boiling water (straight from the kettle)

Heatproof bowl


In a large bowl, add the cornflour. The amount will depend on how much paint you want to make. Start with 3-5tbs if you’ve never made the paint before. You’ll soon figure out how much you need.

Add tap water and using your whisk mix until you have a smooth paint, that will look a little like white sauce.

Grab your boiling water, straight from the kettle, and slowly pour it into the bowl, whisking swiftly. You have to be quick as it thickens fast!

Stop adding water when you have reached the texture you’re looking for. Runnier paint is usually better for painting being done on a vertical surface (like an easel) while thicker is better for finger painting on a flat surface.

Separate your mixture into bowls/cups and add food colouring to your preference. You can use natural colours (i.e. beet powder or spirulina) if you desire.

This activity is easier cleaned up outside. Your kids can paint directly onto a white table, or you can cover the surface with paper or clear vinyl before spooning the paint out onto it.

Edible Playdough

Playdough is a workhorse for families when it comes to entertaining their little ones, but it’s not the cheapest to buy and with commercial varieties, it’s hard to know exactly what it contains. Once you have tried a homemade playdough recipe, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered buying it. This one is a classic playdough recipe, which can be eaten but doesn’t taste that good. There are lots of playdough recipes out there online, and if you want one that can be eaten and enjoyed, you’ll definitely find one to suit your tastes (and those of your little one!).

edible playdough
Make your own at home

Food Safe Playdough

2 cups water

2.5 cups plain flour

.5 cup salt (fine)

1 tbs cream of tartar

3 tbs vegetable oil

Food colouring/powdered cordial

Get the water boiling in a kettle or saucepan. Once boiled set aside ready to be added to the mix.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and colouring. Then stir through the vegetable oil using a spoon.

Once combined, slowly pour the water into the bowl and keep stirring until the mixture comes together. Allow the dough to cool, and when you can handle it knead until soft, elastic and smooth. This should take 7-10 minutes, and depending on the colouring you use, you might want to wear gloves at this stage.

Kids can be given the playdough now, and anything unused can be stored in the fridge.

When it comes to messy play, there are lots of great options out there for parents and kids, but edible playdough and finger paint are great places to start. What we love about these recipes is that they are a big hit with kids while still being super easy to make. While edible, these recipes aren’t intended to be used primarily as food, but little ones will be able to taste and mouth them without any harm done if they get curious, which is perfect.

Happy playing!


Katie -


Katie is the Managing Director and Editor of Mums of Brisbane. Most days will find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, cuddling her kids and trying not to step barefoot on lego. Katie lives in Beautiful Brisbane with her husband and four gorgeous children.