Playing with play-dough is a great pass-time for children. Yet, if you have a gluten-free child, this could be a bit of a risk.
Play-dough is typically made with gluten ingredients, which makes it off-limits for many.
My three children spent hours of fun creating play-dough creatures and designs. Once they were diagnosed with Celiac Disease this changed.
Little ones love to put their hands in their mouths, all the time. If they are using gluten-filled play-dough and have an allergy or intolerance to gluten, this is not a good combination.
Some children are able to understand the importance of NOT touching their face or putting their hands in their mouth as they develop. Yet, others are entering elementary school and may still want to eat the play-dough. Gluten-filled play-dough is NOT for them.
Don’t give up yet . . .
For those who can keep their hands away from their face and wash hands thoroughly when finished playing, using a gluten-filled play-dough in the classroom may be OK. See how your child can handle this responsibility.
If you have any concerns or have a young child, create your own gluten-free play-dough and don’t let them miss out on all the fun.
Making your own gluten-free play-dough is super easy
A few small ingredients are all it takes: 1 cup of gluten-free flour, ¼ cup of salt, 1 T olive oil, 2 t. cream of tartar and 1 cup of water.
Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Stir together and place on medium heat. As this cooks, turn the heat down so it doesn’t burn.
Stir continuously while the mixture forms a thick paste, then a ball of dough.
This comes together pretty quickly.
Once the mixture thickens into a clump, turn off the heat and let the dough cool in the pot for about 10 minutes. Then, form into a ball and continue cooling on a plate or a piece of wax paper.
Once cooled, your child may use
their gluten-free play-dough
Keep the gluten-free play-dough in a sealed container for extended use. It will dry out if left opened.
This is a great recipe to share with your child’s preschool or elementary teacher. Or, make them a batch of gluten-free play-dough and send it into class. Double the recipe if making for many to use.
Have fun being safe and creative!
Make sure your child is set up for a
fantastic gluten-free school year.