This edible playdough recipe only requires 3 ingredients. Not only is this edible playdough recipe easy to make, but it is budget-friendly. Kids of all ages like toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged kids will love playing with this edible playdough – our favorite way is with a rolling pin and cookie cutters! This edible playdough recipe is not only fun, but a fun sensory activity, perfect for at home activities.

3 ingredient edible play dough recipe- white playdough rolled in a ball and flattened by a child on a wood table- kids activities blog
This 3 ingredient edible play dough is so much fun to play with!

Edible Playdough Recipe

One of the comments we get a lot is that you, our readers, are looking for a simple homemade playdough recipe that is safe for toddlers to eat and gluten-free.

Related: Peanut butter playdough

Today’s play dough recipe is just that! It is a fun project that works will small children of all ages even young children who still might be exploring things with their mouth under supervision.

Easy Edible Playdough Recipe for Kids

This play dough is made from three ingredients, is dairy and gluten-nut-free, easy to make – and safe for kids to eat. Much thanks to  Powerful Mothering for inspiring today’s post. Check out her variation of this edible play dough.

Related: More easy edible play dough recipes

Video: How To Make This Edible Play Dough Recipe

Supplies Needed To Make Make Edible Play Dough

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Ingredients for Gluten-Free Play Dough

How To Make This Fun Edible Playdough Recipe

Step 1

Dump the whipped topping into a larger bowl.  

Step 2

Carefully fold the cornstarch into the topping until it is a crumbly mess.


We used a spatula to fold it together.  

Step 3

Drizzle the lumps with the olive oil.  

Step 4

Use your hands at this point to work the dough together until it forms a ball.

edible play dough recipe that is made from cool-whip and cornstarch


Be careful to use a folding motion with stirring.  

Our Experience With This Edible Playdough Recipe

We didn’t – there was quite a cloud of cornstarch in the air.

Fun times!

Dusty kitchens are loved kitchens!  Our kitchen is rarely clean, but we love making memories together.

Boy, oh, boy!  That dust cloud and the slip it added to the floor is a fun memory.

play dough that is safe for tots

Our Experience with this Simple Recipe

Your kids will love playing with this delicate dough. Our dough was incredibly crumbly, we added some more olive oil to help the dough gel together.  Our kids didn’t mind the crumbs one bit – those crumbs were reserved for nibbling. This is definitely something we could do again with our Gluten-free friends and family.

For us, this is an easy rainy day activity or something that works well for sensory play.

Variations on this Homemade Playdough Recipe We Love

  • Make your homemade play dough different colors by adding food safe food coloring! If you are looking for natural food coloring we have that too!
  • Add other food ingredients like cocoa powder for color and smell, dry powdered milk for extra texture, powdered sugar for sweet taste or corn starch for a silky feel. Each of these powders will need to be offset with additional liquid.
  • Add food-safe essential oils – if you are ingesting the easy homemade playdough recipe, be aware that the essential oils don’t always taste yummy and you don’t want a child to ingest too much. But a small amount can add amazing smell to this fun recipe.
  • Add fun foods like an ice cream cone or other food ingredients for extra play!

How to Store Your Edible Playdough Recipe

The best part is you can make this basic recipe ahead of time and store in a ball inside of a zip-top bag or airtight container overnight in the fridge. You may want to take out of the fridge and let it rest to room temperature before play or be aware that the texture right out of the fridge will be stiff, but will loosen quickly with warm hands kneading the dough.

Store this homemade play dough recipe after play in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.

If you are making it ahead for a party or a class, try making 1 portion size bags stored in sandwich bags.

Edible Playdough Recipe

simple edible playdough recipe made by a child holding the ball of playdough

Use this edible playdough recipe to create soft, sticky, fun, play dough! This playdough recipe is easy, budget-friendly, is fun, and can double as a sensory activity.


  • Tub of Whipped Topping
  • 1/2 a box of Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil


    Dump the whipped topping into a larger bowl.  

    Carefully fold the cornstarch into the topping until it is a crumbly mess.

    Drizzle the lumps with the olive oil.  

    Use your hands at this point to work the dough together until it forms a ball.


Be careful to use a folding motion with stirring.  

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  1. I haven’t eaten whipped topping since I was a child, mostly because I don’t care for the taste. But I would be really interested in finding some made with coconut milk. Can you point me in a direction with a brand? We do alot of coconut and almond as dairy alternatives, but I never thought to look for whipped topping made with one, probably just because it has been off my radar for *ahem* 30+ years. LOL

    Thanks so much for sharing this in Tell Me About It Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you share next week!

  2. Very cool! Great post! Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! We love having you. I have pinned it to the Happiness Is Homemade Party Board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!

  3. This is a cool idea! I have heard of using peanut butter for edible play doh maybe we can do edible play doh buffet sometime!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  4. Silly question:
    What sized tub of whipped topping?

    A standard sized box of corn starch is 1 pound but whipped topping tubs come in several sizes.

  5. It says this recipe is dairy, gluten, and nut free. I’d like to know where you find dairy free whipped topping? I’ve never been able to find any. Even the “dairy free” cool whip has casein in it, so I’d be careful for those on a gfcf diet that might not think about that one.

    1. Thanks so much for that information. You are completely right, the only whipped topping I have found that is truly dairy-free is made from coconut milk.

  6. This will be so much fun to do with my daughter! Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

    1. When she puts the ingredient as a “tub” of whipped topping, then I deduce it would be cool whip. The kind of whipped topping you keep in the freezer. I hope that helps Emma(My Little 3 and Me) . It is also quite low in calories FYI!