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How to make Easter play dough with marshmallows

With Easter peaking around the corner, we’re sharing our recipe for marshmallow Easter play dough. It smells divine, and is guaranteed to have you counting the days until that fluffy bunny arrives.

The excitement is rising in our house. Each morning my kids look through the calendar.

“What day is it Mum?”

“When is Easter?”

“Is that this weekend?”

“What day does the Easter Bunny come?”

They count the days and then do a little dance of joy, imagining what wonderful treats and surprises the Easter Bunny will bring. Chocolate!! Wonderful, sweet, delicious chocolate. (I’m secretly counting too, because isolation has seriously depleted my stash). Seems we’re all looking forward to that elusive bunny’s visit.  

But, if you need a little extra push this year to feel those fluffy Easter vibes (totally understandable!), we’ve got a great recipe for you… Marshmallow Easter play dough.

Seriously? What is Marshmallow Easter Play Dough?

It’s pink, squishy and a little sticky. It smells amazing. And it’s made from marshmallows!! Those delightful little balls of sugar that are as fluffy as the Easter Bunny’s tail.

Marshmallow Easter Play Dough is a little like traditional play dough. You can roll it into a ball, squish it flat, make shapes with cookie cutters, stamp it, and squeeze it. But, it’s not conventional, old-fashioned play dough.

Instead, it’s thick and sticky like chocolate that’s melted in the palm of your hand on Easter morning, and it smells like a candy lover’s dream. The Easter Bunny himself would be proud of this homemade dough.

The stickiness adds to the fun. It’s kind of like a fusion of play dough and slime (seriously, could this dough get any more amazing!). But it can also be a little inconvenient because it’s hard to squish, roll and squeeze with Marshmallow Play Dough stuck to your fingers. This is particularly the case as the dough gets stickier the more you play with it.

Having said that, there is (fortunately) a really easy solution to this sticky problem (couldn’t help myself!)…. simply keep a small bowl of cornflour nearby. You can then dust your hands with the cornflour as needed, and voila! the stickiness will be gone.

Any other tips?

  • This play dough was easy to make, but you do need a bit of patience. Add the cornflour in stages and stir it in thoroughly before adding more. This will allow you to test the consistency of the dough as you go.
  • If you do happen to add too much flour, try adding a teeny, tiny bit of water to help you incorporate it.
  • Alternatively, if the mixture is not thickening add a little cornflour. When it’s done the mixture will cling together, but should still be a little oozy. Let it cool and it will thicken further into the dough.
  • The mixture will initially be quite hot and if you dive straight in it will burn. So make sure you allow plenty of time for it to cool before you play with it, and test it before handing it to your children.
  • Our last tip! We used pink and white marshmallows, to make a pink dough to play with. However, if you’d like another colour use white marshmallows and add a little food colouring to the mixture.
Steps to make Marshmallow Easter Play Dough

Marshmallow Easter Play Dough recipe

Without further ado, here’s our recipe for our fabulous, fragrant, Marshmallow Easter Play Dough.

What you’ll need:

  • 16 marshmallows
  • 1 cup of cornflour
  • 2 teaspoons of oil (any edible oil will do, we used Olive Oil because it was in easy reach)

What to do:

  • Place the marshmallows in a pot with a splash of water.
  • Melt the marshmallows on the stovetop over a low heat. The water will help to ensure the marshmallows don’t stick to the bottom of the pan, but you’ll also need to stir the mixture to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  • Add the oil (this helps to reduce the stickiness of the play dough)
  • Add the cornflour in stages, stirring well after each addition. You may need a little more or a little less cornflour. You’ll know the play dough is ready when it thickens and comes together.
  • Leave the dough to cool in the pot (as mentioned above, it will initially be quite hot).
  • Roll, squish, stamp, squeeze and play!

We hope you enjoy our special Easter play dough as much as we did!

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