In case you weren’t aware, we have an obsession with play doughs in our house. We make play at least once a week even though we already have a good set (super long lasting) in our play dough area.
For some reason, other doughs don’t seem to stand up to the elements (as in kids leaving them out for hours at a time) as well as our old stand-by.
BUT, I have a brand new play dough recipe for you to try. I scoured the internet and did not find one to match this, so this may be a never-seen-before play dough, but probably not…lol!
I had some requirements for this batch of play dough.
It had to smell good. Usually we use essential oils to scent our play dough.
It also had to taste good. Out go the essential oils.
I also didn’t want it to be peanut butter-based because peanut butter is crazy expensive here. And because so many people are allergic to nuts and I didn’t want to get *love* letters about how un-taseteable the dough actually is.
I also didn’t want a ton of sugar which seems to be very common in “edible” doughs.
So here’s what I came up with. It took a couple tries to perfect and it’s not your normal “store-bought” style of play dough. Do not expect it to be super moldable like that because that is not this dough.
This dough is irresistibly squishy. I mean irresistible. Truly.
So much so that I could not get a good picture of my three year-old playing with it because she wouldn’t stop squishing it. Even my sports setting wouldn’t capture it fast enough. I even tried holding her hands still. She just wouldn’t pause in the squishing. But you can sure see her smile!
(Must.get.a.new.camera….donations accepted. *grin*)
So engage your imaginations and conjure up thoughts of the squishiest, yummiest smelling, tasty dough you can think of. That is this dough.
What you need:
1 small package of gelatin (any flavor)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup HOT water
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
Food coloring if desired
Plus, you will need a little bit of oil to put on your hands for the kneading process and a tad bit of flour for the same.
I used my big mixer, but I’m pretty certain you could make this in a sauce pan and stir by hand if you want to.
I put the gelatin, the honey, food coloring and hot water into the mixer and mixed it until the honey and gelatin had dissolved. We wanted “ocean” colored dough, so we added blue food coloring to our strawberry gelatin mixture.
Then, I added the cream of tartar and the flour.
Mix until it’s all mixed in and then mix for a few minutes longer. It is very likely that you will have a sticky dough at this point. If it looks/feels very sticky add a bit more flour.
If it is just mildly sticky, put a tiny bit of oil on your hands and knead the dough for a couple minutes. Work the extra oil into the dough.
Dust your hands with a tad bit of flour and work it in to absorb the excess oil on the play dough.
You should have a very stretchy, squishy dough.
And you are done.
Actually, you are probably not done, because now that you have kneaded the dough, you will have realized how irresistible the dough really is and you may not hand it over to your children.
Feel free to take a bite! Because it’s yummy too!
My family told me that it tasted like a cookie dough.
Please note: We all have differences of opinion when it comes to choosing food and activities for our children. While I don’t often serve gelatin, I have decided to include it in this recipe. I do not intend for children to consume the whole batch in the process of playing.
What flavor of play dough are you going to make? Let me know how it turns out for you!