Introduction: Edible 3 Ingredient Play Dough From Leftover Mashed Potatoes

A simple recipe to make play dough with only leftover mashed potatoes, flour and food coloring. We made this inside of a quart sized ziplock bag to have a mess free activity for our toddler. A great hands on activity for children, even young toddlers. This would not taste good but is edible in case your child decides it looks like a tasty snack, which of course my kid did first thing.


1 x quart sized ziplock bag
Leftover mashed potatoes or a whole potato
Food coloring

Step 1: Let’s Make Play Dough

Start by putting mashed potatoes in your ziplock. I used about 3 - 4 tablespoons full.

Note ** This will be about 50% of your play dough. Use about half of what you want your final amount to be.
For example - If you want to make a half a cup of play dough you will use 1/4 of a cup of mashed potatoes.

Now we will add about the same amount of flour. I used about 1/4 of a cup.

Now add a couple of drops of food coloring.

Zip your ziplock with a little air still in it so that it is workable.

Step 2: Kneading Your Dough

Now you just want to thoroughly mix all of your ingredients.

I mixed it for just a minute before handing the bag to my toddler and letting him mix it. **Full disclosure, he got bored and I finished the kneading.

After about 4-5 minutes it all started to come together and was no longer crumbly.

The dye had to be smashed out in order to get it to spread more evenly. With our dough still in our bag we found the colored spots and simply smashed them flat and then worked our dough for another minute or two.

Step 3: Let’s Play

We finally removed our creation from the ziplock and it was perfect and came out with a tie-dye effect that will go away as we play with it.

If yours does not come together after kneading your flour potato ratio might be off.

If it’s too crumbly, you’ll need to add more mashed potatoes.

If it’s too sticky and wet, you’ll need to add a sprinkle of flour at a time to fix.

Step 4: If You Do Not Have Leftover Mashed Potatoes, This Can Also Be Made With a Baked Potato.

Use your preferred cooking method to cook a baked potato to substitute for the mashed potatoes. After baking it you will need to let it cool completely and remove the peels.

An easy way to cook a baked potato is in the microwave. Start by washing your potato and then poke a few holes in it with a fork. Microwave for 2-3 minutes at a time before rotating and checking for it to be done, by poking with a fork. When the fork can be inserted very smoothly in to the potato it is cooked.
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