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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!

Babes in Deutschland, Play dough cupcake bake shop in the sensory bin!

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!

Babes in Deutschland, Cupcake bake shop sensory binWe formed our little cakes and then set to work decorating!

Babes in Deutschland, Play dough cupcake bake shop in the sensory bin!We don't have any icing bags, so I thought I would try it with ziplocs, no luck... It just resulted in a mess as it squirted out the back of the bag!

Babes in Deutschland, Play dough cupcake bake shop in the sensory bin!

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!

Babes in Deutschland, Play dough cupcake bake shop in the sensory bin!

Grayson, aka Mr. Sprinkle

Babes in Deutschland, Play dough cupcake bake shop in the sensory bin!

Aurora's play dough self portrait. :)

Brigette

from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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