How to Make Marshmallow Play Dough

Making your own edible play dough is child's play when you have marshmallows, plus a few pantry staples.

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Everyone knows that playing with play dough is super fun. But making it can actually be quite awesome too, not to mention easy. Our recipe yields 2 cups of dough, and it'll be ready to play with in only 15 minutes!

Here's what you'll need:

  • One 10-ounce bag marshmallows
  • 2 1/2 cups cornstarch, plus more if needed and for dusting
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, plus more for kneading
  • Gel food coloring in assorted colors, for the dough

Combine the marshmallows, cornstarch, oil and 3 tablespoons water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each, until all the marshmallows are melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Lightly dust a work surface with cornstarch. Turn the dough out onto the work surface and gather it into one lump (if it is too sticky, add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch at a time to reach the level of play dough consistency).

Divide the dough into 4 to 6 balls and place each on a separate paper plate. Add food coloring to each ball and knead it with lightly oiled hands until evenly colored. Once the dough reaches the desired color, PLAY! The dough can be stored in airtight containers for up to 1 week.

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