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Easy Activity: Edible Play Dough

My daughter and I spent yesterday afternoon in Wheaton, and dinner at Chik-fil-A was too tempting to pass up. I like how their kids’ meals come with a book as the “prize,” and that you can substitute a generous fruit cup for the (admittedly tasty) waffle flies.  

Enjoying edible play dough with the friendly Chick-fil-A employee.Anyway, last night they had an employee set up at a table offering kids “edible play dough” to play with. The dough (made from cake mix) is sweet and very rich – but Johanna got a kick out of eating a bit while I stressed that this was “special” and that we couldn’t eat the stuff we have at home. (I'll let you know how that turns out.) This play dough was pliable, a bit greasy and sticky and made some great shapes. Tt was particularly fun to make a “hot dog on a bun” that Johanna could then eat. I thought I’d share the recipe that the restaurant handed out.



1 box name-brand white cake mix

1 stick of softened buttered or margarine (not melted)

Approximately 3 tablespoons of water (give or take a few drops)

Food coloring (optional)

Flour – have some on hand just in case too much water is added


Mix dry cake mix and margarine/butter in a large bowl. Once it is well mixed, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until you get the desired consistency. Finally, you can add food coloring if  wanted before handing it over to the kids.

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Reader Comments (6)

Cool! How sticky is it?

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

It was more oily than sticky. It didn't seem to stick to our clothes, but she was a bit more hesitant in that environment than had we been at home. I might do a bit more prep work -- tablecloth or newspapers down on the table -- than I do with regularl store-bought play-doh.

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara Burghart

Is it bad that I am looking forward to making this just so I have an excuse to eat it?

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

sounds great. I am going to try it. Did the food coloring get on your hands though?

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTobey

Tobey ... We used red, and our hands were greasy and slightly red when we were done. We avoided getting it on our clothes, though.
Maggie ... I'd suggest just making a batch of cookies! I did eat a bit of it, and it was fun to taste it and make funny things for the kiddie to bit into, but not something you'll be eating by the gobful. However, I'm not a fan of eating cookie dough, so take that into consideration!

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara Burghart

I love Chick Fil A. I've never seen this at our location, but they always seem to have great ideas that make them stand out from the crowd. Very cool.

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

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