Oh how I love the Crock Pot. Did you know you can use it to make things other than food? Like, Play Dough! This was our fun little project for the day. Something about making and playing with your own play dough is much more fun than just scooping it out of a plastic can from the store.
Here is the recipe I used from Crockpot365.blogspot.com:
– 2 cups flour (or you can use rice flour to make it gluten free)
– 1 cup corn starch
– 1 cup salt
– 1/4 cup cream of tartar
– 2 cups hot water
– 2 t cooking oil
1. Plug in your crockpot and turn to low to warm up slowly.
2. Dump in your dry ingredients, stirring to evenly distribute.
3. Add the water and oil. Close the lid and switch the heat to high.
4. Set a timer and check your play dough every 30 minutes, stirring well each time. Mine was done after a half hour! But others could take up to 2. I think it was because I used a larger Crock Pot.
You will know it’s done or close to done when the playdough begins to form a ball when you stir it.
5. When that happens, remove the stoneware insert from your crock pot and stir some more. Dump it out onto a smooth surface and begin to knead—-be careful—- it’s going to be hot. If your dough is overly sticky, add a bit of cornstarch; if overly dry, add a touch more hot water. Each time you make the dough, the water required will be a bit different, depending on the humidity in the air.
6. Separate the dough into manageable lumps and push a hole into the center for a few drops of food coloring.
Squish the dough around to distribute the desired color.
I made a snowman in honor of our “Snow Day.” We didn’t end up getting any snow but preschool was still 2 hours delayed (my son only goes half day).
My son made this:
He said it was a volcano :o) And it’s the best volcano I’ve ever seen!