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Rice Play Dough

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Category: Crafts
Recipe Created By: Jennifer D.

Rice Play Dough

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1 1/4 cups rice flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
food coloring or sparkles (optional)


Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large pot. Add water and oil.

Cook over medium heat until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly.

Add vanilla extract (for smell, not taste). Mix thoroughly. Put play dough on a clean surface. When cool enough to handle, knead lightly.

Store in airtight container.

Add food coloring to the water to make colored play dough. Add sparkles during the handmixing time for sparkly play dough.


Cream of tartar is not dairy.


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megan swanek 1/21/2016 6:05:12 PM

Here's my version, with apple sauce

I use this play-dogh all the time I am 10 years old and I love it

the play dogh is allegy fre which is good becase my mom has a gluten dis- order and my brother has a dairy allergy this play dogh is quick and easy to make and it is fun

This Play dough is AMAZING great texture very fun!!!!!

Marie Halliday 9/25/2016 1:38:14 PM

I'm wanting to make playdough for a little boy who is allergic to proteins ??

Kathy P - KFA Admin 9/26/2016 8:23:05 PM

Since the play dough won't be eaten, as long as he does not react through contact, you could watch the child closely and thoroughly was his hands after playing with it.

Another option might be ooblick - which is made by combining cornstarch with water. I don't know if cornstarch would have all of the proteins removed to make it safe for the boy.

what did I do wrong? Its so sticky!

Kathy P - KFA Admin 12/19/2018 5:51:31 PM

Pj - highly refined oils are supposed to be free of proteins, but some very sensitive individuals still react to them. It would be best to talk to your little one's doctor for their opinion on oil options. There is rice bran oil that might be an option.

I also recommend asking other parents for their experience on our online community -

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