Thursday, January 19, 2012

Crock Pot Play Dough



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:


Ingredients:
- 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

Directions:
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!


44 comments:

  1. What a great idea...and i thought my microwave dough was easy! lovely volcano!
    Popping over from TGIF

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    1. Thanks Jode! I would love the recipe for microwave dough as well!

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  2. Love homemade playdough! Thanks for the recipe - cute snowman and volcano ;)

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  3. You had me at "crock pot"! I've made stovetop playdough before, but it's nice to have other options. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I don't know what I would do without my Crock Pot :) Thanks for stopping by Karla!

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  4. I love my crockpot and we love playdough. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing when I first came across this recipe. Crafting and Crockpoting together?! OK!! Thanks for the comment Marla!

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  5. Love this! I had no idea you could make it in a crock pot!

    Happily following you back! :)

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    1. The Crock Pot is a glorious thing :) Thanks for being a new follower Lorie!

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  6. I had never thought of making playdough in the crock pot! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It could definitely come in handy. Stopping by from TGIF.

    Aimee @teachlovegrow.blogspot.com

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    1. Just popped over to your blog and love it! You've got a new follower :) I am going to attempt to cook without the crock pot and make your oatmeal bars.

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  7. LOVE THIS!!! I am a new follower stopping by from TGIF! Morgan from www.tottreasuresnorthbay.blogspot.com.

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    1. Thanks Morgan! I am now following your blog as well :)

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  8. Visiting from TGIF. I'd love to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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    1. Just linked up to your Fun Stuff Fridays! Thanks for the invite! I am also a new follower of your blog and FB page :)

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  9. I too had no idea you can make play doh in the crock pot. We are trying this week! Following you now.
    Trina
    http://teachingmyblessings.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Trina! I am new follower of yours as well. Let me know how your dough turns out!

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  10. we're going to try this soon for sure, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment Lauren! Have Fun :)

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  11. I love homemade play dough! Thanks for posting - found you via Toys in the Dryer & just became a follower!

    ~ Rachael

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    1. Welcome to my little blog Rachael! Homemade is always better :) Thanks for the comment.

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  12. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday. I always love trying new recipes for homemade play dough.

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    1. Thanks for letting me share this post on your Sharing Saturday :)

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  13. Neat idea! Stopping by from sharing saturday!

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  14. WOW, love that you can make it in the crockpot! Your play doh snowman is waaaay cute!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

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  15. I never even thought about using my crockpot - thanks for the info; I'm making some right now!

    Stopping by from Fun Stuff Fridays and Show-and-Share Saturdays!

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  16. I LOVED this so much I featured at TGIF this week - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/01/tgif-linky-party-14.html - thanks for linking up!! Come on by, grab an I was featured button, and link up again this week =-)
    Beth

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    1. Thank You Beth! It is so exciting to be featured! I am grateful to you!

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  17. What a great recipe. I love that you can make play dough with items you can find in your kitchen. I was wondering if you would consider linking up and sharing your post. I am hosting a bloghop where bloggers can share their fun frugal kid-activities. www.funfrugalmommy.blogspot.com

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    1. I would be honored to link up to your bloghop! Thank you for giving me the opportunity. I am a new fan/follower!

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  18. Is it safe to eat?

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    1. This play dough calls for ingredients found in your pantry, but not in amounts you would serve to your child. If a little is ingested, no worries (little brother tasted a little when I turned my head!). But if large amounts are consumed, I would be worried about the salt content. It doesn't taste good so I'm sure your toddler would spit it right back out :o)

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  19. I love this! I will try it this way next time.

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    1. Thanks Miranda! Let me know how it turns out :)

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  20. I have never made playdough before (great idea!)...does the dough stain things because of the food coloring in it? I know regular playdough doesn't, but I was just thinking about the time I made cupcakes with "grass" on them and how the green food coloring stained my fingers (and teeth, and pretty much anything else it came in contact with!) so badly!

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    1. I did get some food coloring on my hands but it washed off by the end of the day and the play dough hasn't stained anything it has touched. Make the play dough into a ball and poke a hole in the middle with your finger. Put about 2-3 drops of food coloring in the hole and then start kneading the ball around. This will limit the amount of food coloring that gets on your hands. Once the food coloring is worked into the dough it isn't a problem. Thanks for the comment!!

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  21. I want to make this this weekend!

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    1. It's so simple! It would be a fun weekend project!

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  22. Will this play dough harden

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  23. I love your crochet patterns and I browsed through your crockpot recipes. Since you have small children I thought you might be interested in "Peanut Butter PlayDoh. There are a few different variations but all are completely edible. Some have honey and others use Karo syrup. My kids loved it when they were younger. Just do a Google search for "Peanut Butter PlayDoh" and Have Fun!

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  25. Can I make this and leave it over night? How should I store it? THANKS!

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