Gluten Free Dough


I love play dough.  i will admit it. I truly love it just as much as the kids.  I can just sit there and play with it whilst having such wonderful conversations with those around me. It is such a tactile experience, and one that is best shared.

I was so sad when I learned of one of our student’s gluten and soy allergy. It makes things so hard for her and has greatly changed the way I work in the classroom.  I have to be so much more thoughtful about snack (which is not a bad thing!) but also other aspects of the classroom. No more papier mache or playdough – well not unless I got creative.

So I kept meaning to “get creative” but you know how time just passes you by sometimes!!!!  Well, one of the parents had some time free and decided to make up a batch of gluten free playdough for us to try out.  The texture was slightly different, a bit more puffy is the best way to describe it, but it was great.  We all loved it and were sad when it was no longer useable.

Here is the recipe for those of you interested to try it.


1 1/4  cups  rice flour
1/2  cup  salt
2  tsp  cream of tartar
1  cup  water
1  Tbsp  oil

Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large cooking pot.  Add the water and the oil and mix thoroughly.  Heat gently, stirring all the time, until the mixture starts to come away from the sides of the pot.  Take it off the heat straight away – you don’t want to overcook it as it will dry out.   When cool enough to handle, knead it and add coloring as desired.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge – bring it out a little before using though as it is better at room temperature!


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