It’s no secret I love playdough. We use it every week. The possibilities are endless. Playdough is wonderful for fine motor development, a perfect dramatic play prop and can aid literacy development. This week we are adding the sense of smell to our playdough time by making the most delicious smelling playdough you will ever use. Time to cook up some birthday cake playdough!
BIRTHDAY CAKE PLAYDOUGH INGREDIENTS
2 C flour
1 C salt
2 C water
2 TB vegetable oil
4 tsp cream of tartar
yellow food coloring
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon almond extract
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
cellophane confetti (or glitter)
HOW TO MAKE BIRTHDAY CAKE PLAYDOUGH
Pour first five ingredients into a large saucepan and stir together. This is a great opportunity to include your children. Show them how to measure the ingredients and pour them in. More than one child? Have them take turns pouring ingredients and stirring. This is an easy opportunity to practice basic counting, verbal directions and patience. We sing “We stir and we stir and we stop. We stir and we stir and we stop. We stir and we stir and we stir and we stir, we stir and we stir and we stop. Next person!” It’s a simple song that everyone can learn quickly and helps manage turn taking.
Squeeze a few drops of yellow food coloring into the mixture. Just enough to make it look like a yellow cake batter. We added pink cellophane confetti for a little whimsy. You can find it at a craft store or sometimes with the wrapping paper and cards. You could also use glitter.
Move the mixture to the stove top and cook on medium heat stirring constantly. In the beginning the playdough mixture will look like very thick pancake batter. Continue to stir until a ball forms. Remove from heat and cool on a counter top. Be careful! The birthday cake playdough will be very hot. Once warm or cool to the touch your playdough is ready.
I introduced the playdough to my children by giving them each a ball of playdough, cupcake liners, candles, rolling pins and craft sticks. They loved smelling the playdough and sticking the candles in to make their own birthday creations.
I think we found our new favorite playdough!
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