Kinetic Sand

Make a little…

INGREDIENTS

5 cups sand
1c+ 1/8 cup corn starch
1 teaspoon dish soap (e.g. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid)
water (about 1 cup)
optional: 1 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil (for antibacterial properties)

DIRECTIONS

Put sand in a container
Add corn starch and mix thoroughly
Mix water & dish soap, then add to sand
Mix thoroughly and enjoy!!

Store in a covered container.

Variation: Add dry tempera paint to sand when adding cornstarch to add some color to the sand.

NOTE: adjust water depending on how wet your sand is, since this varies a LOT it’s impossible to tell you exactly how much you’ll need. I used 6 cups total in the BIG 50 pound recipe below and had to let it dry a little, which is fine to do. Don’t dump in 6 cups to start because your plain sand may be more wet than mine was. Where I bought it, they store the sand outside and it’s damp. The amount of moisture in your sand will make a big difference in how this turns out. But, if it gets more wet than you want, it’s fine just leave the top off of container and it will dry. You can store it in a sealed container. After 3 months ours did not smell and was not dry. But, if yours gets dry you can add water to it.

Make a lot…

INGREDIENTS:

50 lb. bag of Play Sand, $2.47 at Home Depot
(approx 25 cups = 50 lbs)
6 Cups of corn starch
1 1/2 Tablespoon dish soap (e.g. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid)
Water (start with 3 cups, add more as needed – 1 cup at a time)
optional: approx 1 tablespoon Tea Tree Oil (for antibacterial properties)

NOTE: adjust water depending on how wet your sand is, since this varies a LOT it’s impossible to tell you exactly how much you’ll need. I used 6 cups total for the 50 pound recipe and had to let it dry a little, which is fine to do. Don’t dump in 6 cups to start because your plain sand may be more wet than mine was. Where I bought it, they store the sand outside and it’s damp. The amount of moisture in your sand will make a big difference in how this turns out. But, if it gets more wet than you want, it’s fine just leave the top off of container and it will dry. You can store it in a sealed container. After 3 months ours did not smell and was not dry. But, if yours does get dry you can add water to it.

DIRECTIONS

Put sand in a big container (plastic tubs with lids work great!)
Add corn starch and mix thoroughly using your hands or a shovel
Mix water & dish soap, then add to sand
Mix thoroughly and enjoy!!

Thanksgiving: Turkey and Stuffing Play dough

Materials Needed:
2 c. flour
1 c. salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 c. water
4 tbsp. oil
Brown food coloring
1 pkg of chicken flavoring (from a Ramen Noodle package)
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (I buy mine at the dollar store)
1/2 tsp parsley

Directions:
1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
2. Mix wet ingredients in a pot over medium heat
3. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients stirring constantly
4. Cook over medium heat or in an electric skillet until it congeals.
5. Remove from heat and put on wax paper.
6. It will be hot! Knead when it is cool.
7. After it is cooled keep it in an airtight container. This dough keeps well and does not crumble.

Spice Play Dough

Materials Needed:
1 cup water
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbs oil (vegetable, canola, or baby oil)
Food coloring
1 tbs of Spice (Ginger- use yellow food coloring, Cinnamon- use red food coloring, Nutmeg- use brown food coloring, Cloves- use orange food coloring etc) Really its endless you decide the spice and the color you would like it to be or just leave it the natural off white with spicy grains throughout.

Directions:
1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
2. Add water and oil and food coloring or variation (koolaid, extract, etc)
3. Cook over medium heat or in an electric skillet until it congeals.
4. Remove from heat and put on wax paper.
5. It will be hot! Knead when it is cool.
6. After it is cooled keep it in an airtight container. This dough keeps well and does not crumble.

Candy Cane Playdough

Candy Cane Play Dough

Ingredients:
6 cups water
8 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 cups plain flour, sifted. plus more set aside to make desired consistency
3 cups of salt
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
Red Food coloring
Peppermint Food extract

Directions:

1. Combine the Flour, salt, cream of tartar in a bowl.
2. Combine water and oil in a measuring cup.
3. Add to the flour mixture and combine
3. Move to a saucepan and heat until warm, stirring constantly, until the play dough starts to form peaks
4. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
5. Knead until smooth.
6. Split playdough in half
7. Leave half white knead in some peppermint extract
8. For other half add red food coloring knead until you get right consistency and color
9. Add some peppermint extract. Until you get the scent you like.
10. Continue to knead and work the extract into the dough
11. combine and twist doughs together to make candy canes and more

I also use Wilton gel food coloring it gives the playdough a brighter richer color

12. Store the playdough in an airtight container or a resealable bag.
13. Enjoy!

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The extract bottle is empty Kaia just likes playing with it.

Cupcake and Cookie Playdough Making

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The kids have been asking to have a playdough bakery for a while now. So today I finally made one for them

I made my Strawberry Cake Dough, my Vanilla Ice Cream Dough, and my Chocolate Dream Playdough

each side had the same materials set out.

So Kaia and Mikey would have no reason to bicker over any of the goodies in front of them

I set out cupcake tins with reusable silicone cupcake liners, plates, ice cream scoopers, plastic fruit, and of course the three different kinds of playdough

I also set out candles and sprinkles (chunky glitter)

They both worked diligently. Pinching and pulling. Rolling and twisting. To get their playdough just right

Pushing in the sprinkles to make sure the cupcakes look just right

Adding more and more sprinkles. Because you just can’t have enough sprinkles… at least not in our house.

The strawberry chocolate and vanilla playdough smelled incredible! Really you have to try these they are amazing!

Beautiful cupcakes

and a chocolate chip cookie!

Making a huge cupcake cookie tower

Choices, Choices, Choices. With such good bakers how can I choose just one tasty treat?!


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