Friday, December 6, 2013

Peppermint Dough

SNOW DAY!!! Okay, so it's mainly ice and that really is no fun. But we are totally taking advantage of the no school day! Busy woke up at 6:30 but decided that she was going to play in her doll house for an hour before insisting on breakfast :) And Beansie decided to sleep in (until 9:00!!!) then refused to get out of bed after waking up because "I too snoogalie to get out." After breakfast we played North Pole which they made up and really all you do is go around telling the elves what toys to make for kids they know. We, of course, had to bake cookies for a snow day snack then we made peppermint dough!!! If you have never made this, it's really easy, fun to mix and you can do a bunch of different things with it. It's pretty much play doh but with a twist. We also talked about measuring and mixing as an added math bonus ;)

Peppermint Dough 

What you need

2 cups of plain four
1 cup of salt
3/4 of a cup of cold water
1 Tbsp of vegetable oil
5 or so drops of peppermint extract (depending on how strong you want the smell to be)
Red food coloring

What to do

1. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt then add the other ingredients and mix well.

2.Kneed until the dough is formed. If it is too sticky, add more flour. If it is too dry and flakey, add a bit more water. While you are playing with it, it may get a little flakey. Just wet the tip of your finger and kneed the dough. That should fix it :)

3. Split the dough in half and in another bowl, mix half the dough with the red coloring. We had to use quite a bit to get the dough red enough.

4. Then play away!!! You can use cookie cutters, your fingers, spoons, forks and all sorts of different things to play in the dough. We used Christmas and holiday stamps!!!

Yes, she is in her swimsuit. I just don't ask ;)

Growing a Jeweled Rose is a great blog with all sorts of play dough recipes!! If you have never been there, make sure you check it out :)

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