When your child is diagnosed with Celiac disease, one thing that may slip your mind, as you’re removing the Oreos and Teddy Grahams from your cupboard, is the other non-food items that your child comes into contact with that could be making them ill. One of those seemingly harmless, but very dangerous, items is play dough. All homemade and commercially available play dough contain wheat flour as the main ingredient. And although your child should not be eating the play dough, we all know that children get carried away and like to nibble on their creations (until they’ve tasted it, that usually only happens once). Plus, since the gluten will dry all over their hands, it increases the chance of them accidentally ingesting the gluten, even if they don’t mean to.
By making this gluten-free play dough, your gluten-free child can have all the fun of making “cookies”, snakes, snowmen, and anything else their imaginations can conjure up. Because it is homemade, you can customize the colour, and if you decide to get funky, you can add some nice chunky glitter to make the play dough sparkle. Make a batch for at home and a batch for at school or preschool and your child will never be left out of the fun!
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
- Liquid or gel food color, or 1 package dry Kool-Aid powder
- 1/2 tsp chunky glitter, your choice of color (optional)
- NOTE: I used glitter from the dollarstore, they are larger flakes, not superfine.