As many of us know, playing with playdough at a young age can help to develop hand strength and finger dexterity which is really important when learning how to write. But for some kids, the official ‘playdough’ is not a great option, because it is largely made out of wheat flour. The rise in gluten sensitivity in our country today is pretty remarkable. Its one of those things where if you don’t feel good, you can try going gluten free and see if it makes you feel better– amazingly for many people, it actually is a simple fix! I know what some of you are thinking– gluten free is no simple fix… but actually, its much easier then it used to be. I mean, come on– Cheerios are now gluten free! Who would’ve thought?!
So, back to the playdough… For those munchkins that have food allergies (and of course they will stick their fingers in their mouth at some point during the playdough playing experience!), here is a fantastic recipe for making your own homemade (gluten-free) playdough. Plus, think of how much fun it’ll be to make this a family project!
Natural Playdough recipe:
1 cup of flour (substitute wheat flour with a gluten free flour like rice flour)
1 cup of water
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of oil
Natural food coloring (this is optional but of course, so much more fun!)
Also optional: add some essential oils to give off a pleasant smell to each color that you make
[This recipe was taken from Jennifer LeMay, writing for The Holistic Mom’s Network: Many Paths, One Journey to Health: In the Kitchen with Holistic Moms]
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