This simple banana playdough is made using 5 ingredients and is perfect for using up leftover bananas when you don’t feel like baking (or simply don’t have enough).
Disclaimer: While this recipe is made using edible ingredients found within your home, I do not recommend purposefully feeding your child this product. If they choose to take a lick or small taste they should be just fine, but this product is meant to be something to play with and not to eat. Thanks!
We are huge banana eaters in this house- I’m pretty sure my kids are part monkey. So there is ALWAYS a few ripe bananas to use up. While banana breads and ripe banana recipes are great, sometimes you either A) don’t have enough to bake something or B) nothing bakable sounds good.
Ripe banana playdough means that we can use up that half banana my toddler didn’t eat or that 1 lonesome spotted banana on the counter. (We call them giraffe bananas).
Banana Play Dough Ingredients
- Banana (well, half of one..)
What you’ll need to make this homemade playdough
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Tips for making edible playdough
Making this playdough is pretty simple. When it comes to kneading it, you want to act like you’re kneading a yeast bread (that’s almost what this is).
The more you knead it and play with it the better you break up the banana chunks so it goes from looking like thick banana bread batter to a playdough consistency.
Ripe Banana Playdough FAQs
You can use any type of cooking oil. Canola cooking oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, etc. Whatever you have on hand is fine!
Because it uses a ripe banana I wouldn’t keep it on hand for more than 2 days. It’s more of a make it and play with it right away type of playdough so unfortunately, the shelf life is short.
Keep your playdough when not in use, stored inside of an airtight container or zipper topped bag in the fridge. It might take a few minutes of play or sitting out to warm up and become pliable, but it keeps it fresh.
I don’t see why not! Gluten free flour would be a great idea for those with wheat allergies!
How to make banana playdough
In a bowl, mash your ripe banana. Add in the water and oil and mix.
Add in the flour and cornstarch. Mix with a fork until the ingredients come together to form a ball.
Knead the ball, in the bowl or on the counter until it comes together to create a playdough-like consistency. This takes roughly 5 minutes but could be faster if you’re quick.
The texture when you’re done should be soft, fluffy, almost dough-like and a little oily. This is fine, and the kids love it!
Other kid friendly recipes and edible activities they’ll love
- Simple Apple Nachos
- Rainbow Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Spider Sandwiches
- Pudding Playdough
- Coffee Playdough
- PBJ on a Stick
Ripe Banana Playdough
- measuring cups
- mixing bowl
- simple banana playdough
- 1/2 Ripe Banana, Mashed 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Cooking Oil coconut, veg, canola, etc.
- 2 1/4 cup Flour
- 3/4 cup Cornstarch
- In a bowl, mash your ripe banana.
- Add in the water and oil and mix.
- Add in the flour and cornstarch. Mix with a fork until the ingredients come together to form a ball.
- Knead the ball, in the bowl or on the counter until it comes together to create a playdough-like consistency. This takes roughly 5 minutes but could be faster if you're quick.
- The texture when you're done should be soft, fluffy, almost dough-like and a little oily. This is fine, and the kids love it!