Playdough Ice Cream Recipe and Pretend Play for Kids

Make Playdough Ice Cream with our easy 2 ingredient recipe and let kids play. Set up an ice cream shop for added fun and pretend…


Make Playdough Ice Cream with our easy 2 ingredient recipe and let kids play. Set up an ice cream shop for added fun and pretend play!

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We combined two ingredients from our pantry and came up with a wonderful recipe that smells and even tastes good (although it’s not made for eating, it won’t hurt if you try a little). It is so fun to squeeze, shape, and if you flatten it out and then fold it into a ball it looks like ice cream! Cool!

This week it’s all things Ice Cream starting with our recipe for Playdough Ice Cream. I know there are a lot of recipes floating around, but we needed one that is taste safe for my little toddler. Include some more Ice Cream themed activities for extra fun including this adorable Ice Cream handprint Craft, learn with I is for Ice Cream free printable activities, play with an Ice Cream Sensory Bin, and make Ice Cream in a Bag with this yummy recipe.

Ice Cream Playdough made with Frosting: A taste safe sensory play idea for kids of all ages (Summer, kids activity)

Is Ice Cream Playdough Safe to Eat?

Yes, and no. All the ingredients come from the kitchen and can be eaten–so it is TASTE SAFE. In fact, the ice cream playdough smells so good that we all took a little nibble, and it tastes sweet instead of salty like most homemade playdough recipes. However, raw flour and playdough can harbor bacteria, so it is probably best practice to teach children not to eat playdough. (Not to mention it is full of sugar.)

If you have a kiddo like mine, who likes to eat everything, you can take extra measures to sanitize the flour before making your playdough recipe.

How to Sanitize Flour by Microwaving it:

Microwave flour in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until it reaches 160°F. Let it cool, and then continue with the recipe.

Be aware of food allergies, and make recipe adjustments as needed.

Playdough Ice Cream Shop Pretend Play

Ice Cream Playdough Recipe for Kids to Play with. 2 Ingredients, taste safe, and fun. #sensoryplay #kidsactivity


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Playdough Ice Cream Shop Pretend Play

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  • One can of frosting-We used Pillsbury Pink Lemonade flavor and it smelled divine!
  • 1 1/4 C. flour
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 1 batch should be plenty for 2 kids


1.  Stir frosting and flour together, then knead until forms a dough. If it is sticky add a little flour until it no longer sticks to your hand. If it is stiff, add a couple of drops of water until it reaches the right consistency.

Doesn’t it look like ice cream?

I gathered cups, ice cream cones, sprinkles, cookie cutters, and toothpicks, and let the kiddos play and use their imagination.

Ice Cream Playdough Recipe for Kids to Play with. 2 Ingredients, taste safe, and fun. #sensoryplay #kidsactivity
Little Tiger was busy making darling little ice cream play dough cups that looked good enough to eat.

Little Dragon loved poking things into the Play Dough Ice Cream and decorating his treats.

Ice Cream Playdough Recipe for Kids to Play with. 2 Ingredients, taste safe, and fun. #sensoryplay #kidsactivity

He couldn’t resist trying a few bites of our sweet smelling play dough, the nice thing is I didn’t have to freak out on him or dig in his mouth. The less interrupting of playtime that I have to do is best.

How to Store Ice Cream Playdough

Ice cream playdough can be stored in an air-tight container for weeks. You can wrap it with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. I used the frosting containers to store ours in.

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(Updated: 7/15/2022, Originally posted: June 30, 2014)


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  2. I couldn't find the pink lemonade frosting, so tried the neon yellow funfetti variety. The best part was the sprinkles were included. We added just over 1.5 cups of flour for the best consistency.

    1. Hi Brook, thanks for sharing and posting the measurements you used for others to see. I never thought about the frosting that comes with the sprinkles… what a great idea!

    1. Hi Susen, thanks for stopping by. I am so excited you are going to try it. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  3. I love this recipe for play dough! I didn't know you could use frosting and flour!!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    1. Hi Jill, isn't this recipe fun and so easy…thanks so much for visiting and the invite. I will be sure to stop by next week too! Have a fun week!

    1. Hi Amanda,
      Thanks for visiting and the lovely comment. This frosting is so good that even after adding flour to it, it still tastes good too! LOL 🙂

    1. Hi Whitney,
      Thanks for following, I just visited your blog and it's adorable! I joined you on Bloglovin and can't wait to see your next post! 🙂

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