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. Even older kids like preschoolers and kindergarten kids will love this! You can make this edible play dough at home or in the classroom.

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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.

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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. This edible mixture though is an easy batch of playdough you can make and play with. It has a fun consistency and is perfect for sensory play.

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Why We Love 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! Remember a couple drops of food coloring will go a long way in your play doh.
  • 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. You could also add kool-aid for color, smell, and even taste.
  • 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! You can add marshmallows or kettle corn for sensory play.
  • Have an allergy to olive oil? Then you can use coconut oil or a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil.

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. Have you attempted this with chocolate powder in it? And how much does 1 recipe make? I’m thinking of making enough for a 16 kids. Would I need to start with a ridiculous amount of whipped topping? Could I make it the night before?

  2. I wanted to thank you for this good read!! I absolutely enjoyed every
    bit of it. I’ve got you book marked to look at new stuff you post ¦

  3. This is great! My kiddos will love these. Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe.