Peanut Butter Playdough (Or, how to make an edible, snail-riding, snow woman.)

Peanut Butter Playdough - (Or... how to make an edible snail-riding snow woman.)Have you made peanut butter playdough with your kids yet? It’s so quick and easy, which is a good thing since it is often requested in our home. We first made it after seeing this edible playdough post on Make and Takes several years ago and have made it regularly since. In fact, I think we’ve made peanut butter playdough three times in the last two months!

The kids make “food” with their edible playdough. Kinda funny, but the food in question was spaghetti and meatballs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cupcakes.

And they make faces and people.

And a snail-riding snow woman. (We recently watched both The Neverending Story and um, I’m blanking on the name of the other movie we watched that had a snail as steed. Help me out someone? It’s a newish movie about a forest fairy world…)

I thought I’d share our favorite peanut butter playdough recipe as well as some recent pics of the playdough in action.

Peanut Butter Playdough Recipe

Peanut Butter Playdough Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey (just enough to make it stick together)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer. It’s as easy as that!

Note: We’ve tried a number of variations on the peanut butter playdough, sometimes including a cup of powdered milk in place of a cup of the powdered sugar, sometimes adding cocoa powder for a more chocolate-y experience, etc, but we usually come back to this basic recipe.

However, the lovely ladies at Kids Activities Blog recently shared that you can mix peanut butter with marshmallows for a tasty, two-ingredient edible playdough. I haven’t exactly shared that newsflash with my kids yet, because I know I wouldn’t hear the end of it until we went to the store for big, puffy marshmallows and made the stuff. I won’t hold out forever, but I’m keeping that one up my sleeve for a special treat.

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Once the peanut butter playdough is mixed together (usually by the kids), we divide it out between the number of children in the house at the time, placing each ball of dough on a clean plastic placemat, and let them go at it.

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Sometimes they just make things with the playdough itself, sometimes they include pretzel sticks (ever since we made peanut butter pretzel nests, they think pretzels should usually accompany peanut butter playdough), sometimes toothpicks, raisins, mini-chocolate chips, etc.

Peanut Butter Playdough

As for tools, a butter knife is sometimes handy. But mostly they like to use their hands. And the garlic press (for awesome spaghetti, hair, and just plain interesting designs).

(The bowl of spaghetti and meatballs above was made with a peanut butter playdough recipe that included both powdered milk and cocoa powder, btw.)

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They love modeling with the peanut butter playdough AND they love eating their peanut butter playdough creations. Even the snail-riding snow women.

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

Have you made peanut butter playdough? Or another edible playdough recipe?  Please share your experience, favorite recipe, link, or ideas in the comments!

P.S. For those families with peanut allergies, here’s a list of 10 edible playdough recipes on Family Corner, many of which don’t include any nuts.

Small World Playdough Play for Kids

Small World Playdough Play for Kids -- What a fun way to incorporate playdough into a pretend play for children!

We gave some small world playdough play a whirl recently in between snow play sessions outside. While we often use playdough for modeling, creating, and just as a great sensory experience, the kids also use it for pretend play. This most often means they make food out of the playdough for tea parties, cupcake stores, or living room picnics, but this time they incorporated figurines for some small world play.

Playdough Play for Kids

It started off fairly simply, with a few princess figurines, a few little animals, a couple sets of wooden snowmen and trees (from Mama May i), some snow (polyfill stuffing that came with the snowmen), and some wood craft sticks.

Small World Pretend Play for Kids

The snowmen and trees were placed on the edge of a frozen pond (a a blue art mat) with a fawn looking on.

Small World Playdough Play for Kids with Figurines

The kids used the playdough as bases for the trees and figurines, as hills and other land forms, as houses, and more.

Small World Playdough Play for Kids

I love how the playdough was seamlessly incorporated into their small world play, adding a new level of creative play to the entire experience.

Small World Playdough Play for Kids

The playdough also provided a base for what was first a house built out of the wood craft sticks, then a teepee.

Have your kids incorporated figurines and such into their playdough play? If not, you might want to try setting out some animal and people figurines, matchbox cars, etc out with some playdough and a few open-ended add ins (polyfill “snow,” wood craft sticks, pipe cleaners, toothpicks) and see what they come up with.

We used our favorite homemade playdough recipe, but you could use any playdough, homemade or commercial, of course.

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Playdough Ideas for Kids :: 39 Ways to Play and Learn with Playdough

Playdough Ideas for Kids

Looking for playdough ideas for kids? There’s so much potential in  humble playdough, whether you buy yours or make your own. Here are 39 playdough ideas for kids, including ways to create, build, play, and learn with playdough.

After posting about cooked versus no cook playdough recipes the other day, I thought I’d follow with a round up of ways for kids to use and play with the playdough. I began with links to my many playdough posts, but then went a little crazy and added all kinds of other playdough fun found around the web. Enjoy!

Use playdough to explore art concepts

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  • Make mosaic art with the playdough (from Putti Prapancha)
  • Explore color mixing with playdough (from At the Butterfly Ball)
  • Playdough dress up (from Inspiration Surrounds… Creativity Abounds)
  • Make a playdough maze (from Squashed Tomatoes)
  • Roll the playdough into balls, snakes, and snails (plus a kool-aid playdough recipe, from The Chocolate Muffin Tree)
  • Make your own natural dyes for the playdough (from Mini Eco)

 

Poke things in the playdough

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Make prints in playdough

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Use playdough in the kitchen

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Make playdough gifts

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Playdough science

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Playdough for literacy

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More playdough ideas for kids

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Do you have any great playdough ideas for kids to add—either your own or ideas you’ve seen elsewhere? If so, please include them in the comments!

30+ MORE playdough, clay, and other modeling dough ideas.

Playdough follow-up: feathers and googly eyes

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First, I want to say that I set the playdough out again for the toddler art group this week without any tools. And as far as I could tell, it was completely ignored except for the brief period when I and another mom poked and squeezed it ourselves and vainly tried to encourage our offspring to do the same. It was on the toddler table in the area where we spent much of our time hanging out before and after going back to the studio for our "official" art activity (fingerpainting, which I'll post about soon). If anyone has any tips for getting the toddlers to explore the playdough with their hands, I'd love to hear them!

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I did get a lot of great ideas for tools and decorations from the comments that you left, though. Thank you! Zoe from Playing by the Book mentioned that her girls liked to decorate playdough with feathers and googly eyes, and I knew Maia would love to do the same.

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Yesterday I got out our feathers, googly eyes, and the playdough for Maia to play with after Daphne went to bed. She had a blast and made a friendly little monster family with them.

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The next morning Daphne found the playdough monsters (we left the playdough out overnight — oops!) and was fascinated.

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She poked the rest of the googly eyes in the playdough while I did some laundry.

I'm going to continue to present the playdough without tools sometimes, but we enjoy tools (and decorations) too much to do without them completely. And with an older sibling in the house, I can't control Daphne's environment and experiences quite as much. In fact, I'm already planning to try some of the other ideas you suggested — rubber stamps, shells, beads, hardware, clothespins, corks, using koolaid or watercolors to dye the playdough, etc…

Playdough – with tools or without?

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I made a new batch of playdough (without all the bells and whistles) last week for the toddler art group. I was aiming for lavender, but didn't get it right. I need to fine tune my playdough coloring technique…

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Each kiddo got a big blob of playdough to poke, pound, and prod. They mostly did this with a variety of kitchen tools (potato masher, wire whisk, rolling pin, cookie cutters) and playdough tools (textured rollers and "pokers"). They had fun! But in retrospect, I think the tools got in the way of the experience. That I should have just put the playdough out there on its own for what was for most of them a first playdough encounter.

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Instead of really exploring the playdough, they were enchanted by and distracted by the tools.

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And the tools added an extra layer of distance between them and the playdough. I'd rather see them squishing it in their hands, poking their fingers into it, picking it up, tasting it, etc.

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And they did do some of that! But not as much as I would have liked. I think next time I bring out the playdough with this group, I'll present it on its own and see what happens.

That's not to say I don't like playdough tools. I obviously do. But I think I should have let the toddlers become familiar with playdough on its own first a few times before introducing the concept of manipulating it with tools. What do you think?

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I left the playdough and tools out and they were used by Daphne, Maia, and her friends many times over the next few days.

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Mostly becoming part of their elaborate pretend play. It's such fun to see how the age difference (4 years) between my daughters plays out as they each interact with art materials in their own ways!

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Now that I think about it, though, Maia usually interacts with playdough without tools. She uses her hands to roll and shape it into airplanes (above), people, and cakes. While she used to use tools a lot with playdough, she doesn't nearly as much anymore.

I'm wondering if tools help provide a layer of perceived safety between the toddler and the new material? (Some of the kids were decidely tentative about approaching the playdough) And that they aren't used as much once familiarity is reached? Or not used as much once the child has the dexterity and skill to shape realistic items from the playdough? I'm just thinking aloud here… The familiarity thing can't be true because kids use tools with playdough long after they are familiar with it. I guess tools are just plain fun to use! And provide novel ways to manipulate and interact with the playdough (garlic press! nature prints!).

What are your thoughts on all this? Do your kids prefer to play with playdough alone or with tools?