Recipe for Gluten-free “Play Dough”
1 cup baby rice cereal
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
liquid food coloring (be sure it is gluten-free)
Whisk baby rice cereal with cornstarch. Add applesauce and oil, mixing with a fork. Knead until all elements are incorporated. Divide in fourths and place into four bowls. Add 8-10 drops of food coloring per bowl. Then mix using your hands. You will have very messy hands, but the color will wash out easily later. Wash hands between colors so as not to mix colors unintentionally. However, once colors are mixed in, you can work with any color, and the color will not be affected unless you purposely try to mix the two colors.
This dough will only last a few days in the refrigerator. I decided to freeze mine as I won’t have a need for it until I next see my grandson. (I defrosted it yesterday, and freezing did not seem to affect it.) Be careful not to use (and definitely not to eat!) if it has a bad smell or starts to mold.
We’re lucky that my quartz countertops are a non-absorbent area on which to work. Besides making balls, “snakes,” and other free-form shapes, we also used the most amazing cookie cutters, which you can see at this link to Progressive®. Mine is only a set of six cutters with six accompanying stencils. We made a flower, butterfly, shamrock, bunny’s face, duck, and heart. Some, we embellished. And we also smashed different colors of dough together to see what new color would emerge.
So, if you want to spend a fun-filled hour with a child, mix up a batch of edible gluten-free play dough. You’ll make a memory at the same time.