This recipe started off one way and ended up another. But that’s completely ok because we absolutely LOVED the way it turned out.
I was attempting to make some play dough using a recipe I found in this book. But turns out I didn’t have alum which is what the recipe called for. So I started to improvise with what I had and came up with an Oatmeal Play Dough that looks neat and has a really cool texture.
Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup salt
2 cups water
Food Coloring or Kool-Aid
2 cups flour
1-2 cups oats
2 tbs vegetable oil
Mix salt and water in a saucepan and boil until salt dissolves. Remove from heat and add in flour and vegetable oil. Mix. Once mixture becomes cool, knead until mixture gets doughy, stretchy and soft. Then add in kool-aid or food coloring and oatmeal, 1 cup at a time, and continue kneading.
If dough comes out too sticky, just continue to add in more flour and oats until it becomes pliable.
The oats gives the play dough a really neat texture and look. The kool-aid also gave it a really great smell. My daughter wanted to eat it and so did our dogs. Of course this dough isn’t made to be eaten, but if they decided to give it a taste it is completely safe.
My kind of activity these days with toddlers who want to put everything in their mouths.
My daughter had fun tearing it apart, poking holes in it, using cookie cutters to cut shapes and just squishing it in her hands.
I hope to come up with some more new, creative ideas for more play dough’s for her in the future.