Play dough

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A childhood favorite pastime is creating with play dough The typical store brands are not gluten free and can be hazardous to someone with gluten intolerance There are, however, several specialty brands that are gluten free

Colorations - Free from latex, dairy, casein, egg, gluten, peanuts and tree nuts, this dough comes in 8 different colors.
Blue Dominoes - This dough is made of organic, food grade, all natural ingredients, is free of lead, heavy metals, bromine, and bisphenol-A; and does NOT contain artificial colors, dyes, gluten or wheat.
Aroma Dough - This dough is made with 100% organic, gluten free, wheat free rice flour, salt, water, moisturizing oils and natural aromas (no perfumes). It does NOT contain nuts, nut oils, perfumes, soy, dairy products or wheat. They offer 8 different colors/aromas, a nice plastic rolling pin and even a nice mat to prevent table damage.
Mama K's Play Clay - Mama K's Play Clay is a 100% natural, biodegradable dough made with only ORGANIC essential oils. Available scents are chamomile (to relax), lavender (to soothe), bergamot (for tension), geranium (to balance), lemongrass (to inspire) and sweet orange (to uplift). Even better, this dough is made in a dedicated gluten free facility.
Eco-Dough - This non-toxic, naturally gluten free, soy free and dairy free dough comes in a tube containing 6 3-ounce containers (one each of pink, orange, white, brown, blue, green and yellow).

If you would prefer to make your own, here are a some recipes:
Celiac Sprue Association - This recipe seems to be the most popular as it is posted on many sites.
Autism Spot - There are two recipes on this page - one to be made on the stove and one that can be made in the food processor.
Lucy from "I can see my house from here" Lucy developed her own recipe using corn and bean flours in addition to rice flour.
Stephanie from "A Year of Slow Cooking" Stephanie has a recipe to make play dough in the crockpot.

For something a bit different, you could even make edible play dough!

Easy Chocolate Play Clay

Always read labels! Product ingredients are subject to change over time

One 16 oz. Container- Gluten free chocolate frosting READ labels A few are made with "wheat flour"

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

Combine all ingredients and you are ready to play!

Basic play clay makes a great party favor too! Put a portion of clay in a plastic sealable bag along with a label with the party guest's name, decorated with markers or stickers. Add a colorful cookie cutter or cut a 1/2 inch dowel into 4 inch lengths to serve as a little dough roller.

1 comment:

Stef said...

My son is autistic and finding food that he can enjoy during the holidays has always been a nightmare. After a recommendation from someone in one of my support groups, I found out about a Nutrition Coach named Rose Cole, I went to her site and found loads of great gluten free recipes. Please make sure to check it out!

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