I wanted to make edible play-dough as the party favor for my daughter’s Jelly Bean Birthday. That’s when I found this recipe for Jello playdough. It was perfect to form little edible playdough Jelly Beans as a party favor.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 pkg. (85 g) Jell-O Jelly Powder (any flavour)
- 1 Tbsp. cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- Mix first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Stir in water and oil.
- Cook on medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture pulls away from the side of the pan to form a ball, stirring constantly.
- Cool completely.
This recipe worked great, but I had a couple of notes on the preparation. I used vegetable oil; the recipe doesn’t specify. For flour, I used white unbleached flour for two of the four colors and wheat flour for the other two colors. The white flour made much brighter-colored Jello play-dough, but the wheat had a thicker, more play-dough-like consistency. The bright colors were more beautiful but were a bit stickier than the play-dough made with wheat flour, so you can decide which is more important to you and use the appropriate flour type.
Additionally, it took me a lot longer than five to seven minutes of stirring to get to the consistency I desired. The mixture, at first, seems like a liquid with oil sitting on top, but the more you stir, the thicker it gets. The mixture starts to clump up, and after several minutes, you are stirring around a clump of dough. Even once the mixture “pulled away from the side of the pan,” I kept stirring a bit longer, so the Jello play-dough would not be as sticky.
This Jello play-dough is edible, so young mouthing babies and toddlers are safe to put some in their mouths. I do not suggest letting a child actually eat the dough; it has TONS of salt and is just icky. If you used sugar-free Jello, it might taste/smell better, but I still wouldn’t suggest consuming large amounts.
Once the colorful, edible Jello play-dough cooled, we formed the various colors into several little Jelly Beans. I found the best way to do so was to form a ball by rolling the dough around in your palm, then use your middle finger to bottom of palm to squeeze a ring in the middle of the ball while keeping the underside kind of flat (similar to Jelly Bean shapes).
Now you have made an easy infant/toddler party favor that they might actually enjoy!!