Fortunately for our family, JT outgrew his wheat allergy when he was two. But I still remember the days of worrying about wheat. Wheat was a very difficult allergen to avoid not only in food but in craft projects as well. Play dough and macaroni necklaces were out of the question. JT has always loved sensory play so I remember how thrilled I was when I found this recipe for wheat free play dough. Because it is made with rice flour it does tend to be a little grittier feeling than regular play dough, but that was no big deal for us, especially since JT had nothing to compare it to.
Here is the recipe :
1 1/4 C rice flour
1/2 C salt
2 tsp cream of tartar (despite the word “cream” this is dairy free)
1 C water (you would add a few drops of food coloring to the water if you want colorful dough)
1 Tbsp oil
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large pot. Mix in water and oil. Stir constantly over medium heat until the dough starts to form a ball, this should take about 5 minutes. Let cool and then knead the dough. If you find that it is too sticky you can knead in a little more rice flour until you get a good consistency. Store in an airtight container.
If cooking up your own play dough is not your style Colorations makes a wheat and gluten-free play dough.