Play dough can often seem like a staple to childhood. From trying to dye it different colors to form masterpiece after masterpiece, children are simple enamored with the pliable dough. Unfortunately, kids with Celiac disease can have some trouble using the common toy. As was discussed a couple of weeks ago, many of those with Celiac Disease suffer from topical reactions in their cosmetics, and children could be at risk for breakouts and rashes on their arms if they have severe allergies. Moreover, young children are so prone to putting things in their mouth, that they could accidentally ingest some of the play dough (leading to some serious unintended tummy troubles).
To keep your house (or even school!) safe, try making your own play dough! Your kids will love watching it form, make their own colors, and can play with the dough risk-free! Try out this gluten-free play dough recipe at home!
2/3 cup rice flour (you can even make your own in a coffee grinder or food processor!)
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup cool water
Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat over low heat. Stir constantly until the play dough begins to firm into the desired consistency. Remove dough and allow to cool.
As the jury is still out on the issue of many commercial food colorings containing trace amounts of gluten (celiac.com), you and your kids can play around with making your own natural food dyes! Herbal Teas can give the dough a nice tint, while you can also use natural fruit pigments (like blueberries) to give your dough a fragrant hue!