A Valentine’s Day edible play dough is perfect for toddlers who still like to put things in their mouths. Older kids will love it, too. Add some cookie cutters and have a great time! Affiliate links are included in this post.
Valentine’s Day Edible Play Dough
This play dough is made with oatmeal, flour, and water, so it is safe for kids to eat. It doesn’t taste good (it just tastes like flour), so hopefully your little one won’t just sit there and eat it. But if he does taste some, there’s nothing to worry about. If you add food coloring, be sure to use food grade coloring (not paint). The food coloring has the potential to stain clothes. If it gets on your hands, it will eventually wash off.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup oatmeal – I ground up regular rolled oats in my blender. If you use quick oats, you don’t really need to grind them up. They should mix into the play dough just fine.
- 1/2 cup water
- Food coloring (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Knead with your hands. If the dough is a little too dry, add a touch more water. If it’s too wet, add a bit more flour. Knead in your food coloring (you could also add it to the water before mixing).
The type of oatmeal you use will change how much you use of each ingredient. If you use quick oats and don’t grind them, you might need a little bit more water. If you use ground regular rolled oats, you’ll probably need to add some more flour. I added almost another 1/4 cup of flour to get a nice dough consistency.
Here is the invitation I presented to the kids – the pink play dough along with heart cookie cutters and a duck because Lily loves ducks.
Lily and Aiden both enjoyed playing with this dough. They used cookie cutters and squished and played with it for a long time.
Play dough is great for strengthening those little hands. Encourage your child to squeeze it and press on it. They can roll it into a ball or make snakes out of it.
It’s also helpful for working on fine motor skills. Plus it’s just tons of sensory fun.
Have you ever made a taste safe or edible play dough?
More Valentine’s Day Activities
- See our collection of Valentine’s Day Science Experiments and Activities.
- Try some Ice Painting for Valentine’s Day.
- Turn a Simple Valentine Heart Craft into a learning opportunity.
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