Peeps playdough is edible play dough made with Peeps candy. Kids of all ages will have so much fun transforming leftover Peeps with this easy playdough recipe into sensory play and the best part is that the smooth dough tastes delicious! This homemade marshmallow play dough is even cooler than regular edible playdough because it is made with Easter’s favorite candy, Peeps!

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Let’s make Peeps Playdough!

Edible Peeps PlayDough Recipe for Kids

Let’s look at an easy way to transform Easter candy into Peep playdough! Homemade play dough recipes are a favorite here at Kids Activities Blog and this marshmallow play dough is my kids absolute favorite and you can make it quickly with just 3 simple ingredients because the Peeps coloring acts as food coloring.

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About Peeps Candy

Around the Easter holiday is the best time to get Peeps candy because on average about 2 billion Peeps are sold each year. Despite high sales, Peeps candy is controversial as seen in a recent study:

“A full 49% of respondents indicated they don’t eat Peeps, which just means more Peeps for the rest of us.”

Leavitt Group, Marshmallow Peeps Survey Results

Related: Extra Peeps?  Try our Peeps Rice Krispie treats recipe

This edible playdough recipe is colorful and a fun activity for kids and if you are part of the 49% we are recycling something you don’t want to eat!

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Easy Peeps Play dough Recipe

Supplies Needed to Make Peeps Play Dough Recipe

  • 3 Peeps – one color works best
  • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (and some more for dusting)

Note: Each Peeps play dough recipe makes enough for one child.  Repeat the recipe for additional kids and so you can use the other Peep colors.

Instructions to Make Peeps Playdough

Watch Our Short Video on How to Make Peeps Playdough

Step 1

Set the Peeps and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds, just enough to watch the peeps “grow” with the heat.  

Step 2

Add the powdered sugar to the melted Peeps and stir.  

Step 3

As you stir in the bowl, the dough should begin pulling away from the edges.  

Step 4

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Now it is time to knead your Peeps playdough!

Lightly dust your lump with powdered sugar, and work out any additional lumps in your dough with your hands forming a ball of dough. The play dough consistency will be a little springy, but a smooth soft dough.

How to Fix Your Peeps Play Dough

  • If your edible play dough is too sticky, add more powdered sugar.
  • If the edible play dough cracks, add a touch more oil.
  • If your edible play dough is too lightly colored, add some food coloring of the same color as the Peeps candy to intensify the playdough color.

How Peeps Playdough Turns Out

This is essentially marshmallow fondant. It tastes even better if you use the flavored Peeps. We had a box of blue raspberry Peeps – boy it was yummy!

How to Store Peeps Playdough

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Mmmm…our homemade playdough tastes yummy!

Your child can play with the marshmallow play dough as normal play dough, but it does not store well even in an airtight container.

We have used ours two days later, after storing it in an airtight baggie, but it was pretty stiff and not as pliable as it was on day one. So instead of playing with it like traditional play dough, we found it was good for cutting practice with scissors giving kids even more fine motor skills activities for hand muscles!

Our Experience Making Peeps Play Dough at Home

This idea of making Peeps play dough came up when our kids got a big box of Peeps and we already had so much Easter candy in the house.  The Peeps reminded me a little of our Peanut Butter Playdough recipe which used three ingredients including regular marshmallows and made edible, candy-like, playdough and so Marshmallow Peeps Play Dough was born.

If you like this idea, but think it has too much sugar, check out this version by Still Playing School. They use cornstarch as their “thickening agent”.

How to Add Texture to Peeps Playdough Recipe

Want to add some texture to your dough? We had fun adding coconut flakes, chocolate chip shavings, and candy sprinkles.

Yield: 1

Peeps Playdough Recipe

Peeps Playdough Recipe Steps and finished result

Make homemade candy play dough with this fun Peeps Playdough recipe for kids. And it is so fun, you will want to make a batch for yourself. Super easy and quick to do because it only has 3 ingredients! Sticky, squishy fun for play.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 3 Peeps – one color works best
  • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (and some more for dusting)

Tools

  • Microwave
  • Bowl
  • Spoon or stick for stirring

Instructions

  1. Place the Peeps and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 second intervals until the candy Peeps "grow" with heat.
  2. Add powdered sugar and stir until it starts pulling away from the bowl's edge.
  3. Dust hands with powdered sugar and knead out any more lumps.

Notes

Add powdered sugar if the dough is too sticky. Add more oil if it starts to crack.

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What did your kids think about edible play dough, the first time they played Peeps Play dough?



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42 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great idea. Sadly it wasn’t a hit in our home. I was so excited to do this as a fun activity while they were on spring break but after putting almost a cup of powdered sugar into each ball it was still to oily for my kids..they didn’t even want to touch it. 🙁

  2. Thank you for sharing this fun activity with See Ya in the Gumbo. It brought back memories of when I used to make homemade play dough for my son, who is now 12. I wish I would have known about his back then! So fun to switch things up now and then and use peeps!

  3. This was great. My eight month old LOVED it! (and she only snuck like five bites lol) Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Carrie, coconuts aren’t tree nuts….they are in the same botanical family as peaches and mangoes (drupes). A nut allergy doesn’t typically mean a coconut allergy as well.

  5. Dawn–coconut is in the tree nut family, so you would not want to make this with coconut oil. Try shortening. It definitely won’t taste as good, but will still be good enough.

    Made this just a few minutes ago and the kids really don’t want to wait until after dinner, but I’m a mean mom. 😉

    Thank you for a super fun and delicious activity!!!

  6. just made this for my 2 homeschoolers ages 10 and 4. They are having fun with it. It did turn out very oily and slimy. i had to add a lot more powdered sugar to it. but once it came together they really liked it. i used the peeps bunnies so i am not sure if thats what threw mine off a bit but anyway they are having fun and and it smells really good. they think its hysterical that they can still see the peeps chocolate eyes so as they play they are trying to find the eyes. thank you for sharing. its a great fun for a rainy day.

  7. I love this idea with peeps. But the peeps do look a little sad in the bowl. lol Thanks so much for sharing at Mom’s Library this week. I have featured these @Pounds4Pennies and would love for you to visit this week to share your posts.

  8. We’ve never made edible playdough before but this recipe looks super easy and I don’t have to worry about them eating it if they so choose! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with us over at Tell it To Me Tuesday! We hope to see you linking up with us again next week!

  9. I am a cake decorater and I make this all the time. But in larger quantities. You can use any kind of marshmallows. I have a son with autism so this is great for him cause he can eat it with no worries.

  10. I have a question was wondering if anyone knows if coconut is in the nut or peanut family because my son is allergic to all peanuts and nuts?