Crafts For Kids: Making Edible Sculpture With Colored Dough

When deciding what crafts to make for kids, crafts using colored edible dough, can make it an exciting, fun time for children!

What an exciting craft project for kids, when they can create and actually eat the sculpture they are building!

Kids today, especially the younger children, have a tendency to put objects and things in their mouth when they are playing with them; some actually try to eat them! Making things like sculptures, with their own hands, is something that will keep the kids occupied and interested for hours. To be able to taste what they are sculpting is even better. Always remember, kid's safety comes first, and making colored dough that is non-toxic and edible is very important!

There are several different ingredients that can be used for edible dough, but choosing the simplest ingredients will make it easier for your child.

Here is a recipe, for edible colored dough that is sure to please your child! This recipe does not use peanut butter, since there are a growing number of children who are allergic to peanuts.

Also, be aware that some children have milk allergies and this recipe does include a milk product, so you may want to substitute the non-fat dry milk ingredient, with dry soy milk. The dry soy milk can be found in your local health food section of your grocery store or at your local health food store.

First of all, let's start with a list of ingredients you will need to start your edible sculpture. The amounts of the ingredients can be changed below, depending on the amount of sculpture dough you would like to make.


I can of white frosting

1 cup of non-fat dry milk

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

Food coloring, Raisins, M&M's, and Pretzels.

Using a large bowl, carefully add the can of frosting, non-fat dry milk, and powdered sugar, to the bowl. Set aside the raisins, M&M's, & pretzels to be used later.

Using a large spoon, combine all the ingredients until mixed, to the desired consistency. If you would like stiffer dough, add a little more powdered sugar.

Next, take the food coloring you prefer, and add about 3-4 drops to the mixture in the bowl. If this color is too light, you can always add more food coloring.

Now, you can begin your edible sculpture, taking the dough and forming it in your hands to the desired shape you prefer.

After you have formed the sculptures into different shapes, take the raisins, M&M's, & pretzels and add interesting touches to your sculpture.

For example: If you have created a figure, the pretzels can be used as arms, the raisins as buttons, and the M&M's as eyes.

Another example is to make a solid, rectangular shape. Add a smaller square on the top of the larger one, at the corner for a chimney. Take the pretzels and make a square to use as a window, and place on your rectangular shape. Your sculpture should resemble a house now. Then, you can add more pretzels in a rectangular shape for a door, a raisin for the doorknob, and whatever other ideas you can come up with!

Finally, when you have finished with your sculpting project, you need to store the dough in a tightly sealed, plastic container and store it in the refrigerator. The dough should keep fresh for up to a week.

The important thing about this project is to just have fun and be creative! There are so many different ideas you can come up with and they all are wonderful, since you created them!

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