Happy Monday! We're having one of those rare productive yet fun Mondays... All of the housework is caught up, got a work out in, and still had some energy left to throw together a new sensory bin! The kids love to help me cook, but we didn't have anything that we needed to make, so we mixed up some play dough instead and raided the cupboards for fun accessories!
I used my go to play dough recipe for the chocolate and strawberry with a couple of slight changes to make them creamier and easier to spread. The vanilla dough was a new recipe made with baking soda and I think it might be my new favorite!
Basic Play Dough Recipe
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of salt
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 tablespoon cream of tarter (optional, improves elasticity)
Boil the water on the stove, add in the salt, oil, CoT, and then flour. Mix it until it forms a solid ball, knead on countertop to thoroughly mix, but make sure it's cool enough!
To get the chocolate flavor and color I added 1/4 cocoa powder and subtracted that much flour. For the strawberry I added red food coloring and strawberry flavoring. To get creamier, more spreadable dough, add less flour or more water, this will also make it stickier, however so adjust your ratios wisely!
Baking Soda Play Dough Recipe
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1 cup of cornstarch
- 1 cup of water
Boil the water on the stove, add in the soda and starch and stir until it forms a ball. knead on countertop to thoroughly mix, but make sure it's cool enough!
I added some vanilla extract to the dough and it smells and feels great! It feels smoother than the basic recipe and wasn't sticky at all!
We regrouped and instead of piping the icing on, we rolled some snakes to swirl around. The strawberry icing was soft enough it could be spread on with a knife, much like real icing. Aurora had fun with that!
Grayson, aka Mr. Sprinkle
Aurora's play dough self portrait. :)