Easy Edible Marshmallow Peeps Play Dough for Kids


Published: March 9, 2024 · Updated: March 9, 2024 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Looking for a fun Easter activity to set up for your kids? Turn your Peeps candy into edible play dough using this simple recipe! You’ll only need a few minutes and a few simple ingredients to set up this fun activity for your kids.


As a mom of five kids aged 7 and under, I am a huge fan of any safe sensory play activity that allows my younger kids to feel included.

And when it comes to our family, “safe” often means edible. I know that babies and toddlers have a tendency to put everything in their mouths, so I like to plan for it. And taste-safe play dough recipes are a great way to do that.

If you have any leftover Peeps at home, this Easter play dough recipe is the perfect way to use them up. It only requires three simple ingredients, and it is perfect for kids of all ages. All of our children had a blast with it—even the older ones!

If your kids enjoy homemade play dough, you’ll definitely want to give this easy recipe a try. It is such a fun way to repurpose your child’s Easter candy!

(And if this activity is a hit, you can also check out this Homemade Marshmallow Play Dough Recipe that can be made at any time of the year using regular marshmallows. Or, check out all these Edible Play Dough Recipes for Kids!)

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Required Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need in order to make this easy Peeps play dough at home:

Ingredients to make edible Peeps play dough.
  • 4 Peeps bunnies or 5 Peeps chicks
  • 2 tsp coconut oil (or another type of cooking oil like vegetable oil)
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Note: You can also add food coloring if you want the color to be more vibrant, but we thought the pastel tones were appropriate for Easter.

How to Make Marshmallow Peeps Play Dough (Step-by-Step)

1. Heat Marshmallow Peeps

Start by placing 4 bunny Peeps (or 5 chick peeps) into a microwave-safe bowl, along with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil, and heating them for 30 seconds at full power. They should increase in size and become puffy and cracked.

Melted pink bunny Peeps in a bowl.

2. Stir Melted Peeps

Stir the melted marshmallows with a spoon.

Gooey melted pink marshmallows after being stirred with a spoon.

3. Add Cornstarch & Coconut Oil

Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and stir them together with a spoon. (You can also use your hands if you’re having trouble with the spoon, but be warned—the mixture will feel quite sticky.)

Cornstarch added to melted marshmallow mixture.

4. Knead Play Dough

Once the ingredients have been fully combined, add another tablespoon of cornstarch and another ½ teaspoon of coconut oil.

Then, place your hands in the bowl and knead all the ingredients together until they form a smooth dough that feels stretchy and elastic.

(Fun fact: Peeps play dough is basically Peeps slime with slightly modified proportions.)

Hand kneading pink dough.

5. Adjust Play Dough Consistency

When you’re done kneading the ball of dough, test its consistency by stretching it between your fingers and pressing it down onto flat surface.

If the dough feels too stiff, add a bit more coconut oil and work it in with your hands. If it feels way too sticky, add a bit more cornstarch. If the dough but feels sticky but has the right amount of stretch, add coconut oil to avoid making it too stiff.

Once the play dough has reached the desired consistency, it’s time to play—give the play dough to your child and let them flatten it with rolling pins or cut out shapes using cookie cutters.

Our kids had SO much fun with this activity, and we will definitely be making it again in the future!

Closeup photo of pink and yellow play dough surrounded by bunny and chick marshmallow Peeps.

How Much Dough Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe will make a small batch of play dough suitable for one child.

If you want to make a larger quantity of play dough, I recommend making two batches. I like to make two different colors so that my kids can mix them together and created a marbled effect!

How to Store Your Peep Play Dough

Because this play dough is made from edible ingredients, it doesn’t keep very well. You’ll probably want to view this as a single-use activity.

That being said, if the dough is still in good condition after your kids are done playing with it, you can wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight baggie and leave it in the fridge for a couple of days. (You’ll need to bring it back to room temperature before play time.)

Balls of pink and yellow play dough surrounded by bunny and chick marshmallow Peeps.

Edible Peeps Play Dough

Sacha
Turn marshmallow Peeps into colorful edible play dough that your kids will love!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Play Dough
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 4 marshmallow bunny Peeps or 5 marshmallow chicks
  • 2 – 2½ tsp coconut or vegetable oil as needed
  • 3 – 3½ tbsp cornstarch as needed

Instructions
 

  • Place marshmallow Peeps in a bowl with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. Heat in the microwave at full power for about 30 seconds, until the Peeps look nice and puffy. Use a spoon to stir the melted Peeps.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and stir the mixture with a spoon. When the mixture becomes too difficult to stir, add another tablespoon of cornstarch and ½ teaspoon of coconut oil, and knead the dough with your hands until smooth.
  • Adjust the consistency of the play dough by adding small quantities of coconut oil (if the play dough is too stiff) or cornstarch (if it is too sticky). If the dough is sticky but has the right amount of stretch, add a bit more coconut oil. Use immediately.

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