So it’s possible we’ve become a little obsessed with making cornstarch goop concoctions at my house. Just a little. We’ve tried a number of recipes and my 6yo is always game to get his hands messy! In the spirit of experimenting, we’ve discovered the most delicious edible silly putty you’ll ever try! It’s just 3 ingredients and contains NO borax or liquid starch.
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Please Note: While this recipe is safe to taste, I don’t recommend eating lots of it. Always supervise kiddos while they play with it because I suspect you’d get a tummy ache from eating too much. But it sure smells heavenly!
So I’ve called this stuff ‘silly putty’ but it could be categorized as slime, goop, oobleck or just about any other name. The main thing is that it’s super fun to play with and it tastes like lemon pie!
Imagine a sensory experience that combines the tantalizing scent of a freshly baked lemon pie with the irresistible texture of squishy, stretchy putty! Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, this easy DIY project is delightful and so fun.
How to Make Homemade Silly Putty
To make this 3-ingredient Lemon Pie Silly Putty, you’ll need to gather a few essential ingredients and a handful of tools. Luckily, you won’t have to venture too far or spend much money on these items. Most, if not all, should already be sitting pretty in your kitchen or pantry!
You will need:
1. Lemon Pie Filling Mix
You’ll also need:
Silicon Play Mat
- Mix one package of lemon pie mix with 1/2 cup warm water. Whisk till smooth.
- Add 1 cup of cornstarch and mix it up good.
You will likely have to adjust the amount of cornstarch slightly depending on the humidity levels and your preference. If you accidentally add too much cornstarch you can balance it out with a few drops of water.
3 Ingredient Edible Putty
This slime/putty is super fun because it turns into a solid when you squeeze it or apply pressure, but goes all liquid-y when you release it.
You can knead it, stretch it or let it pool on a flat surface. Or try putting it on a small toy (like a matchbox car or toy soldier) and watch it ‘melt’ over the figure.
Stir it or cut it up with safety scissors. It’s a great sensory experience for little ones!
This stuff is really easy to clean up too, just a bit of warm water will wash it right away. Even so, we always use a silicon play mat to keep surfaces somewhat tidy. Plus the silicon keeps the bowl from moving around thus avoiding frustration with the little ones. We happened to get our play mat in a Koala Crate subscription box, but I found something similar here.
I love that this turns out a pretty shade of yellow so you won’t have to add any food colouring if you don’t want to. I find that food colouring can dye their hands a little so I prefer not to use it.
Ideally this edible silly putty will provide hours of entertainment for your little ones! (Or a solid 15 minutes at least! lol)
You can always change things up a little to keep the silly putty interesting!
- Colour is another element that you can play around with to make your putty truly unique. While the Lemon Pie Silly Putty has a beautiful yellow hue, you can add a splash of other colours to create a marbled effect. Simply divide the putty into smaller portions and knead in a drop or two of food colouring to each section. Then, combine the coloured portions and gently stretch and fold until you achieve your desired marbled look.
- If you want to create a more interactive experience, try incorporating different objects or materials into your putty. You can add in small toys, beads, or even glitter for a touch of sparkle. This not only adds visual interest but also gives your hands something to discover and explore as you play with the putty. (But only do this if your kiddo is NOT planning to taste or eat the putty!)
- If you want to keep the putty edible, you can add cereal, raisins or sprinkles instead.
- You can change the texture with sand or rice too.
- To take the sensory experience up a notch, consider adding scents to your putty with essential oils. Just remember to add the scents sparingly and gradually, as a little goes a long way. Be sure to mix and knead the putty thoroughly to distribute the scent evenly.
If you’re interested in more silly putty ideas, check out this post of 12 Edible Slime Recipes!
Crafting your own 3-ingredient lemon pie silly putty is an enchanting DIY project that unlocks a wonderful sensory experience! I certainly had fun playing with it! 😀
Do you have a favourite edible silly putty recipe?