One of the most popular toys for children is Play Doh, and making edible play dough (candy clay) will create a fun time with your kids. Children love to roll, squish, and manipulate the dough, which is an excellent way to build a youngster's fine motor muscles of the hand. If a child does not like what s/he has made, mush it up and start all over! There are hundreds of different tools and kits to make Play Doh time fun and exciting.

The only thing you cannot do with this toy is eat it! Below is a recipe for edible play dough, Candy Clay. You can make this with your kids, grandchildren, preschool class or day care children , and then have fun and snack-time!

Things You Will Need

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Mixing bowl

1/4 cup corn syrup

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 stick (1/4 cup) butter, softened and cut into pieces

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Food coloring (optional)

Step 1

Take the butter out of the refrigerator. It needs to be soft, but not melted. Cut the butter into small pieces. Place butter in a microwave safe mixing bowl and heat for a few seconds.

Step 2

Measure and add to the softened butter the corn syrup and vanilla. Then add the salt.

Step 3

One cup at a time, add the confectioner's sugar. You might want to have the children do the first two cups, because by the third cup, it will be a bit hard to mix.

Step 4

After the mixing gets difficult, knead the dough with your hands. Be sure to have wipes and towels nearby!

Step 5

Divide the candy clay into sections. Add food coloring to create your own vibrant colors. Now let the kids eat and nibble as they create with the homemade candy clay!

This is a fun activity for all involved. Be sure the kids don't eat too much and they brush their teeth really good that night!

Tips & Warnings

This edible clay should not be used more than once.

Do not give huge portions out to each child.

To prevent the spread of germs, every child gets his/her own dough to use and no sharing allowed!