This spring, I ordered this book from Amazon after seeing the authors on Oprah as well as our local Public Television channel. (I am adding a link on the Amazon sidebar if you are interested in checking it out.) It has lots of great recipes in it. One that I was particularly excited to try is called "Oatmeal Play Clay." I love to make homemade playdough for my boys and color it using seasonal colors, sometimes adding spices (i.e. pumpkin pie spice to orange dough for October), sometimes adding glitter (i.e. gold glitter in red dough for December). So........I was intrigued by this new recipe. Another motivating factor is that this recipe requires no cooking, which is really nice in summertime. And it is easier for little ones to help make it without worrying about the dangers of cooking on the stovetop. The recipe is as follows:
Oatmeal Play Clay
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 cup oatmeal
Stir and knead until a dough consistency is reached. Add more flour if it's too sticky (I did have to do this).
Could that be any easier?? It makes a really nicely textured dough. Both my boys dug right into it, pretending to make oatmeal cake and cookies. Here are some photos of them enjoying it.
My littlest boy liked helping me measure and stir the dough.
And my oldest immediately started rolling it out to make cookies. NOTE: The rolling pin we have for playdough play is made from a 1-inch diameter wooden dowel, cut down into about a 6 inch piece and coated with polyurethane to prevent sticking. It is perfectly sized for little hands. I need to get more of these made for school this fall!!
Here is a close-up of one of the finished "cookies". You can see the nubby texture the oatmeal provides. I am thinking this dough would be enhanced next time by the addition of cinnamon or apple pie spices. Total sensory experience! (And I do mean total, because my oldest was very into nibbling on bits of it. Luckily, it is completely safe if that happens as the ingredients are all edible.)