I’ll be completely honest with you. Making Marshmallow playdough was far messier than I had imagined it would be. Initially, I didn’t dust my hands with enough cornflour, and ended up not being able to get the play dough off. My eldest (in fits of laughter at my plight!) came to my rescue and poured some more cornflour over the board and my hands so that I could knead my way out of the sticky mess I found myself in. I entertained my lot for a bit at least. Don’t be put off though. You can learn from my mistakes. I have included helpful hints and tips so that you can avoid the same peril.
What kids wouldn’t love playing with edible marshmallow playdough? Mine certainly did. My youngest didn’t do much sculpting though. At almost 2, she didn’t mess around and just tucked straight in! The others loved creating. My 4 year old made a slime monster (obviously), and my 7 year old made a colourful snowman. They were very pleased with their efforts, and enjoyed devouring them as well.
You will need:
- 6 giant marshmallows.
- 60g cornflour (plus extra for kneading)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- food colouring
- A large microwave proof bowl
- A spoon
These quantities made roughly a dessert bowl of dough. I made 4 batches, one for each colour, as pictured. You can easily half this recipe if you want to.
It also isn’t important whether your marshmallows are pink or white. The food colouring will hide their original colour.
In your bowl, out the marshmallows, cornflour, and coconut oil. Microwave on full power for about 30 seconds, or until the marshmallows have expanded.
Removed your bowl from the microwave, and add some food colouring. The more you add, the brighter the colour. I would also recommend you add the colouring the oil or marshmallows, rather than the flour. It will be harder to achieve an even colour if you add it to the flour.
Mix well with a spoon until it is hard to mix it anymore.
Add plenty of cornflour to your worktop. Tip the mixture out onto the floured surface and add a bit more cornflour on top. Finally dust your hands in plenty of cornflour and knead the marshmallow mixture. Careful, as it might still be warm.
When the dough has come together it is ready for sculpting.