Fun Recipes!

Contributed by Donna K.

Fun Recipes!

Cooking with children is a fun, hands-on way to introduce math & science concepts! I have so many recipes, I can’t share them all here, but here are a few “basics” to get you started!

Gingerbread Playdough
1 c flour
1/2 c salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
about 1/2 c spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger)
1 c water
1 tsp. oil
Mix all the dry ingredients. Mix water & oil together & add to the dry
ingredients. Put in a saucepan (I just mix it up in there.) Cook on medium 2-3
minutes. Stir constantly until it pulls away from the sides.
Knead on a cinnamon-sprinkled board or counter top until no longer sticky.
Store in a closed container. (I made mine in Dec. & it’s still in great condition after much use!)
Can add glitter. Could also omit spices, replace w/ flour & add peppermint

Regular Playdough
2 c flour
1 c salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 c water
2 Tbsp. oil
food coloring

Add food coloring to the water & oil. (If making more than one color, don’t add
food coloring until you get the playdough “cooked” & then divide the dough into
as many pieces as you want colors.) Mix all ingredients together. Heat in a
saucepan, stirring until it forms a ball. Remove from heat and knead on a
floured surface like bread dough.
This makes a pretty large batch of playdough, so you could divide it up to make
more than one color/scent. You can add any kind of extract to get fun-smelling
playdough. Great sensory experiences, especially for those of us who are
kinesthetic learners!

Silly Putty
Liquid starch
Elmer’s Glue
Combine equal parts. It can be colored by adding food coloring. Glitter can also be added. If sticky, add more starch. It too slippery, more glue.

Shaving Cream Bath (or not!) Paint
Muffin pan
can of shaving cream
food coloring
Squirt shaving cream into each section of pan. Add food coloring & mix. (Be sure to test 1st, esp. on grout.) Rinse immediately on bath. Can also be used on fingerpaint paper (it has a slick side), but be sure to have smocks on! (Adult t-shirts work great!)

My personal favorite edible fundough
Peanut Butter & Honey
1 c peanut butter
1 c honey
2 c powdered milk
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Add more powdered milk if necessary to make a workable dough.
Form the dough into balls and other shapes.

And maybe you’ll also need:
Wet Wipes!!
1 roll of Bounty Paper towels (do not substitute- you need their strength!)
2 c water
1 T baby oil
2 T baby soap or shampoo
Cut roll of towels in 1/2 w/ a sharp knife. Mix the rest together in an empty wipes container. Remove cardboard tube from towels & place towels in container. Let sit overnight. Pull towel from center through opening in lid.

Enjoy the special moments with your children, or the children you’re caring for!

Donna K.
Marion’s Childcare Caregiver