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How to Make Edible Playdough for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
January 1, 2023

Here’s how to make an edible play doh recipe with peanut butter for kids plus creative playdough ideas for kids.

Updated January 2023

Have you made edible 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.

This peanut butter playdough is perfect for kids of all ages, but is especially great for younger children who still like to ‘taste test’ while using playdough!

child playing with peanut butter playdough

Our kids often make “food” with their edible playdough – things like spaghetti and meatballs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cupcakes.

And they also love to make faces and people!

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Edible Playdough Recipe

Here is the recipe for edible playdough, as well as some options you can add to it. And lots of photos and tips for playdough inspiration!

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Edible Playdough

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  • Author: The Artful Parent
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Playdough


This edible playdough recipe is so easy to make and is a guaranteed hit for pretend play (and maybe a little nibbling!).


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/41/2 cup honey (just enough to make it stick together)


  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.

Also, the lovely ladies at Kids Activities Blog shared that you can mix peanut butter with marshmallows for a tasty, two-ingredient edible playdough. We haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds like a super fun addition to this peanut butter playdough exploration!

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

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.

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

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.

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).

nest made from peanut butter and pretzels

Note: the bowl of spaghetti and meatballs above was made with a peanut butter playdough recipe that included both powdered milk and cocoa powder.

They love modeling with the peanut butter playdough AND they love eating their peanut butter playdough creations.

peanut butter snowman on snail

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.

More Playdough Ideas + Homemade Playdough for Kids

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