June 11, 2012

Crockpot Playdough

This week Nurture Store, The Imagination Tree and Sun Hats and Wellie Boots are hosting a Playdough Pledge.  I am delighted to be participating.  As you know, playdough is a favorite around here.  Click HERE to view many of the ways my boys have enjoyed this wonderful little dough.  My current favorite recipe can be found HERE.  It is a no cook recipe, and we have had great luck with getting the texture just right.  The second topic in my Child's Play 101 series was Playdough Basics.  Thanks to inspiration from many blogs I follow, I compiled a list of fabulous ideas for playing with playdough.

nurturestoreBy taking the Playdough Pledge I agreed to try something new with playdough this week.  I have several ideas that I hope to share throughout the week, but first I decided it was finally time to try out the Crockpot Playdough Recipe.  The original recipe is from A Year of Slow Cooking, and I saw it for the first time on Repeat Crafter Me.

You can get the exact measurements HERE.

After letting the crockpot warm up a bit we added the dry ingredients and stirred.

Next we heated the water and added it and the oil to the dry ingredients.

A half hour later the playdough was done.

After I kneaded it, I gave the boys liquid watercolor paint in spray bottles to add color.

We've never added our color this way.  Usually we add food coloring or liquid watercolor paint while kneading, but the boys have been on a spray kick.  I figured, why not?  Afterall, we are trying new things!

J-Bug wanted to help knead it to mix the colors.  (Excuse his hair.  We had just finished with some shaving cream fun.  I'll post about that later in the week...)

The color didn't turn out great, but the boys had fun.  In general they aren't concerned about the outcome as much as the experience.  Now we have a nearly blank canvas for some serious playdough fun this week!

The verdict?  Combing the ingredients was super easy, and I felt I didn't have to mix as much as with our favorite no cook recipe, however, washing a mixing bowl is easier than washing the crock pot dish.  I typically put a bowl in the dishwasher but don't like how much room the crock pot dish takes up.  I think I'll stick to the no cook recipe, but I'm pleased to cross something off my "need to try" list!

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  1. What an idea to make play dough in the crockpot! I'd never heard of doing that! Cool!

  2. I love this. We're definitely going to give it a try!

  3. oh I love anything crock pot this is fabulous! and what fun to give them the spray bottles to color the play dough with so creative.

  4. I found you from Show and Tell Saturday. I am a huge crock-pot fan! I'll have to try this. You might consider using the crock pot liners, or oven roast bags work as well. I use those everytime I use my crockpot so there's no need to wash! Visit me at www.six-cents.com.

  5. That looks like so much fun, pinning it! Thanks for sharing with us at tip toe thru tuesday too!

  6. Would have never thought to use the crockpot for playdough! Thanks for sharing with the Kids Co-Op!

  7. No I wouldn't have thought to try it. It looks a different consistency from the no cook stuff. I tend to go for things which need the least washing up too!

  8. Never used my crockpot for playdough...clever! :)

  9. I will definitely have to try this, and I love the spray bottle idea for adding the color. My toddler would love doing that.


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