Gosh I love playdough! I thought I would make some this week to keep the kids entertained. Sure they are 7 and 9 and most people probably think they are too old for playdough, but this cookie spiced playdough smells delicious, gives their hands a sneaky dose of moisturiser (thanks hand sanitiser for all that dry skin!) and is loads of fun.
Why make your own playdough?
It's fun, easy and super cheap. Plus you can flavour/colour it however you like. And being cheap, it doesn't matter if the kids mix the colours up or if it gets left out and dries up a little.
Using pantry ingredients means you've probably got everything you need in the cupboard right now!
Cookie cutters! These ones from Cake Boss (gifted) don't just cut, they make impressions in the dough and are super cute. There are princess, dinosaur, trucks and spring designs to choose from and the added benefit is they can be used for actual cookies too! They are easy to use and mean the kids get a complete picture. You can get your own here. It's $19.95 for all 16 cutters (that's four sets of cutters)! This set is exclusive to Cookware Brands Australia.
I use them as story starters for kids too, meaning they make the shapes out of the dough, then write a story connecting them.
Make letters, I use these awesome sheets to encourage early learners to make letters out of playdough. It really helps to understand the mechanics of letters and words.
Nature play. Add sticks, flowers whatever you want from the garden and create your own nature wonderland.
Make your own cafe, complete with treats! A croissant is flattened and rolled, scrolls are like giant snails. Let them have fun with it and sit back and pretend to sample their delicious treats.
Cookie spiced playdough
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tbsps cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon food colouring optional
- 2 cups boiling water
- Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl.
- Add the food colouring and vanilla to the oil, then add to the dry ingredients.
- If you are using a mixer, turn it on, on low and start adding in the boiling water. By hand: start adding in the boiling water and stirring rapidly with a wooden spoon.
- Add it slowly, increasing the mixer speed to medium, mixing until the dough comes together. By hand: continue to mix, adding in more water until the dough comes together.
- YOU do not need to add all the water. On average I use between 1.5 and 2 cups each time.
- When it is a well formed dough, stop mixing.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes.