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DIY Marshmallow Play Dough

Today I stumbled upon the perfect rainy day activity. It wasn’t rainy but the Nor Cal fires have been keeping us indoors for most of the week. I have been pulling out old toys, puzzles with a million pieces and lots of pots & pans to keep them entertained. Somehow the days spent inside always seem to last forever, naps never happen, and we all get cranky. But today we made something sweet to keep our spirits up- Marshmallow Play Dough!

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Marshmallow play dough was the perfect mix of creativity and endless play. The best part was they could eat it! It was almost too simple to make (somehow we still messed it up) and super easy to clean up.

Marshmallows, ​coconut oil corn starch and food coloring - super simple and convenient ingredients, all of which we had in the cupboard.  We found a few recipes online, but decided to create our own little mix. It’s almost impossible to mess up, but we still did! 

The first batch we made was PINK play dough. We added 12 large Marshmallows, 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of ​corn starch. Heat this mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds then add in as much food coloring as you want. We started with 4 drops and stirred it all up. You may need to knead with your hands to get it mixed really well. Our mistake was TOO much coconut oil. We had a bowl full of oil! So much so that after we mixed a good ball we could squeeze out the oil. To save this batch I had to add an extra 1/4 cup of corn starch to soak up the rest of the oil.

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We balanced out our ingredients in our second batch. Our BLUE play dough turned out perfect!! Here is the combo we found worked out best.

Austin loved rolling it out on his silicon playmate placemat and using his play dough toys to cut out different shapes! He is becoming a professional play dough man! Do I see baking in his future? Yes please!

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Things to remember for next time?

Start with less oil, add corn starch throughout play to make sure it doesn’t get too sticky, and don’t eat so much you get a belly ache!!

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17 Comments

  • Reply Chelsey

    My kids will love this play dough recipe! Thanks for sharing

    October 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply Rosie

      Thanks Chelsey! I hope they enjoy making it 🙂

      October 23, 2017 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    we will definitely have to try this out! recently we made glitter goo and my daughter loved it…she played with it for hours! Thanks for sharing

    October 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Rosie

      I’ll have to try glitter glue! Sounds fun 🙂

      October 24, 2017 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Alicja

    Rosie, thank you for this recipe! We did it immediately. If only you could see my kids faces when I told them they can eat this dough! Sooo much fun 🙂

    October 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm
    • Reply Rosie

      I’m so glad they liked it!

      October 24, 2017 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Kayleigh

    How fun! I will have to try this one!

    October 23, 2017 at 10:32 pm
    • Reply Rosie

      Let me know what you think 💗

      October 24, 2017 at 9:32 am
      • Reply Kayleigh

        We tried it today! Worked great! I ended up using flour since I didn’t have enough cornstarch and it still worked well. I also didn’t get coconut oil quantities roght so added a little wxtra flour. And didnt add the food colouring because we wanted to make snowmen. So really, we didn’t follow the recipe at all but it was fun an a great idea! My daughter is now eating said snowman. lol

        October 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    Ours was hard and dried out a few minutes after it cooled 🙁 maybe we need to add more oil?

    March 28, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Rosie

      Yes try more oil and less cornstarch. The cornstarch can get very hard if you add to much. Good lUck <3

      April 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Looks like loads of sensory fun! Great job experimenting with the ingredients to get the right texture 🙂

    June 27, 2018 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Sara

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have only one kid but to keep him entertained, I need to try and spend lot of my energy.And this recipe, I need to try, and sounds good as it is beatable too. Thanks! Sara @ preciouswomb.com

    July 5, 2018 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Lola

    My toddler doesn’t have a sweet tooth but I bet the option of eating the play dough will be very exciting to her! She’s into “making cookies” right now, so this is perfect! Thank you!

    July 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Toni

    I love this! My girls will have a hay day with some marshmallow play dough!

    July 9, 2018 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Shari

    I love this! I like to use edible recipes since my daughter is still likely to try to eat anything we are playing with…especially if it looks tasty!

    July 9, 2018 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Yummy! I know my daughter would love this!

    July 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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