Toddler Tuesday: Ice Cream Play-dough

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I love getting my daughter involved in the kitchen. It's great to have her help with dinner and snack prep and sometimes it's great to have her work on her own "project" while I'm working in or cleaning the kitchen. 

My daughter LOVES play-dough and really loves making a huge mess with play-dough. So I decided let's go all out and have fun. Over the years I have made different doughs- some that require heat, some that are mostly salt, scented, un-scented but I have to say this is one of my favorites! I was inspired by a recipe at Smart School House Blog and decided to give it a try.

This recipe only requires 2 ingredients… Confectioner's Sugar (aka Powdered Sugar) and Pre-made Frosting. So it is non toxic, smells yummy and tastes yummy incase you accidentally get some in your mouth. Although I did train my daughter that we do not eat play dough and so she didn't quite get to appreciate the yumminess that is this play dough.

To start, use store bought Frosting and measure 1/4 cup into a medium size bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring to make your Little One's favorite color. Once the dye is incorporated and you do not see any white, add in the Powdered Sugar. I started by adding half the amount , then gradually mixed in more until a dough like consistency was formed. If it is still too sticky, keep adding more sugar until a dough forms and it is not sticky.

You can store the dough in a air tight container.. The empty frosting container is great for this. I have had a slight obsession with Mason Jars, so any excuse to put them to use is 1 more justification to my husband on why we have to have a cabinet full of jars. The 4 oz mason jars are a perfect fit for storing the play dough.

My daughter had fun helping me make the dough but the real fun started once the dough was made. I gave her cookie cutters, plastic utensils, and a rolling pin and let her go! It kept her occupied for a good 45 minutes while I cleaned the kitchen. Win!


  • 1/4 cup Store bought Frosting
  • 1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar


  1. Measure frosting into a medium size bowl and dye to desired color.
  2. Gradually stir in Powdered Sugar until dough is formed. Add more sugar until the dough is not sticky
  3. HAVE FUN!

In my Big & Lil Chef Classes at Young Chefs Academy, I try to pair the recipe for the day with a great book about the subject we are working on. This recipe pairs really nice with a book from one of my favorite children's book authors, Amy Krouse-Rosenthal, "I Scream, Ice Cream! A Book of Wordles." Pick up the book from your Library and make an Ice Cream Play day at home! Enjoy!