Allergy-Free Play Dough Ideas

Dealing with any allergy in children can be a challenge, and many parents find that managing food allergies in kids is particularly troublesome. One reason for this is that there are at least trace amounts of common food allergens in many of the processed foods that line the country’s grocery store shelves. Another hurdle for parents it that, for some individuals, simply coming into contact with a food allergen can be enough to trigger symptoms. For this reason, if your child was recently diagnosed with food allergies by her allergy doctor, then it’s important to be vigilant about what your child both touches and eats.

Play-Doh and Wheat Allergies

The exact ingredients in the popular modeling toy called Play-Doh are proprietary, but the Hasbro Company does warn parents that their Play-Doh products contain wheat. For this reason, it may be a smart idea to keep this toy out of the hands of a child who has a wheat allergy or sensitivity. If your kid is a fan of Play-Doh, then don’t worry, because there are alternatives for you to try. The following are some allergy-free play dough ideas from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology:

Cornstarch Play Dough

  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Food coloring

Edible Play Dough

  • Powdered sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Margarine
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Food coloring

Rice Play Dough

  • Rice flour
  • Salt
  • Cream of tartar
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Food coloring or sparkles

Before using any of these recipes, it’s important for parents to carefully review all ingredients and ingredient labels to ensure that they meet all allergy safety criteria for their child. You can find the complete recipes for these allergy-free play doughs by clicking here.

The team of board-certified asthma doctors and allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM offer food allergy testing in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. You can schedule your appointment by visiting us online or calling 1(800)86-COUGH.