Monday, October 3, 2011

Dough Boy

Click here for the recipe I use for our classroom playdough.  Make a batch for home. Make a batch for a homemade gift for some little cousins with some Christmas cookie cutters.  Make a batch to keep at Grandma's house-
I would recommend either buying a cheap pan for cooking playdough or finding one at a resale shop. 

Pumpkin Pie Playdough
1 can pumpkin
3  4 oz. cheap cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1-1 1/4 cup flour

*Mix.  Keep adding flour until stiff.  This dough smells so good!

Play Clay
1 cup cornstarch
1 pound baking soda
1 1/2 cups cold water

In medium pan, mix cornstarch and baking soda.  Add water all at once and stir until smooth.  Cook over medium heat until consistency of dried mashed potatoes.   Cover with damp cloth and cool. Turn out onto cornstarch covered surface and knead.

Wood Dough
1 cup sawdust
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon liquid starch or white glue
Sieve or piece of screening

*Sift the sawdust through the sieve.  Use only the dust-not the splinters or chunks of wood.
*Mix ingredients.  Add more water or flour as necessary.
*Knead dough until workable and pliable.

Use this dough for pots and bowls.  Roll flat for cookie cutter shapes.  Let projects dry for 2-3 days.  Sand and paint or seal with acrylics.  I am gathering sawdust and will be making this dough soon. We will probably use this dough around Christmas and try to make ornaments.  We'll see how it goes!

Coffee Clay
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup used coffee ground (ask at Starbucks and they will bag some up for you!)
1/2 cup cold leftover coffee

I don't think I have ever made this recipe but we might try this one, too.  My notes indicate this project will look like 'stone' when dried.

*Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until blended.
*Gather and mix w/your hands.  Good child job!!!
*Knead on a floured surface until dough is smooth.
*Store in sealed plastic bag or plastic container.

Soapy The Snowman Dough
Super soapy dough!  You can also turn this dough into soap on a rope.  A good handmade gift for Grandpa!
Click on the link for the recipe and snowman instructions.

One idea for soap on a rope-

or use one yard of cord. Tie the ends together w/a large knot.  Press good soap size amount of dough on yarn just above the knot. Form into a shape.  Let dry for several days.  Tie an additional knot where the cord comes out of the soap.  Squeeze dough so it will hang securely from knot.  Form a shape or you might be able to press into a mold

Sandy Dough
Never have attempted this recipe...if you try it let me know.  It might be fun for our seashore unit :-)
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon alum
Mix over low heat.  Add 3/4 cup hot water (or colored water).  Stir rapidly and knead until smooth.

Molding Sand
Haven't tried this one either. 
2 cups sand
1 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
Mix and cook until thickened.  Form castle shapes or mold.  Let set until dry.

Peanut Butter Playdough  YUM-O!

Can't get enough playdough recipes??? Here is the website for you- Go ahead and try a few of the recipes.  Have some creative fun with your child.

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