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Question 21.3.5:
Playtime: Can my kid play with Playdough during Pesach?


If you are talking commercial playdough, the answer is no. Playdough contains chometz (products made from the 7 grains prohibited on Passover). An alternative solution to Playdough might be real clay or real modelling clay. You should read the ingredients to ensure that there are no chometz or chometz-derived ingredients.

Note that, for traditional Jews, there would be a problem with real modelling clay during Shabbat, given the prohibitions on constructing things or creating (i.e, various forms of art).

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