let them eat play dough

11 06 2011

The idea of eating salty play dough is not something I relish but one of my son’s friends came round for the day and loves eating the stuff. Not something I fully understand! As we’d been playing with our ice cream shop I thought I’d make her something that was tasty to eat and added another dimension to play. Adding taste and smell makes this activity engage with all the senses. (and even more like playing with the real thing without the melting mess.) Below are the recipes for  Edible Chocolate and Peanut butter play dough. A very successful activity where they were both involved for half an hour solid!

Edible Chocolate Play Dough

3 cups caster sugar
6 tablespoons baking cocoa
3/4 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup butter room temperature (no substitutes)
1/2 cup golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl. Blend the others in another bowl (a hand held mixer makes it a bit easier but having the butter at room temperature definitely makes this a quick and easy recipe). Add the dry mixture a third at a time blending it in well and then knead together to form a dough.

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough

2/3 of a jar of smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup of milk powder

3 tbsp honey

Mix the ingredients together and knead into a dough. You may need to add a bit more milk powder to get a good dough. I used formula milk powder as that was what I had in the cupboard.

Both these recipes will make a lot of dough. They can both be stored in air tight containers in the fridge and played with again for a week at least. Ours didn’t make it past the evening as cousins came round for tea and finished the rest!

I’d recommend you do this activity after lunch unless you’re happy to fill your small children up with pretend ice cream. Neither children used the dough like play dough – they just went straight in to eating it out of the cones and adding sprinkles, small pieces of fudge and hundreds and thousands.  (And I made sure this was done after lunch! Must remember to feed them more for lunch…)

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