Sunday, December 13, 2015

Edible Gingerbread Playdough

Welcome back for another month of  12 Months of Sensory Dough Recipes where several bloggers get together to share the exciting sensory dough recipes and a variety of twists and turns. It is our hope that you will have a one-stop resource for all things Sensory Dough!

This month we are featuring a huge list of edible doughs! That's right playdough that you can eat, taste good, and is moldable!

I don't mind telling you, I really struggled with this one, I even almost gave up. I've seen edible playdoughs floating around on the internet for awhile now, but I've never really been interested in them. I like taste-safe doughs for littlies but the idea of a playdough that you can eat and tastes good, just never really appealed.

Looking at other edible playdough recipes I noticed they mostly seem to just be fondants. Then I had my breakthrough-why not make a dough that we can play with and then cook?

To invite the girls to play, I simply placed some edible gingerbread playdough on a tray along with a few other elements I thought might enhance their play: green and red sugar, sprinkles and smarties. I also provided the girls with a range of different sized gingerbread men cookies and rolling pins. 

It took Bubbles no time at all to begin creating and decorating gingerbread men. She took great delight in making up little stories about each of them as she shaped them.

Squiggles took a different approach-one I'd not really foreseen. She cut one gingerbread man out and then began decorating the rest of the dough-giving it two eyes, a nose and mouth. 

I invited the girls to taste the dough and whilst they both declared it 'delicious', neither wanted more than one taste. They did however enjoy tasting the smarties  to such a point I had to put a limit on how many they were allowed!

Once the girls were happy with their creations, the best part of our play came-instead of having to pack their playdough away we placed their creations on an oven tray and popped them into the oven!

Squiggles and  Bubbles were both excited to be able to eat their very own creations for dessert!

How to make your own Edible Gingerbread Playdough:

You will need:
125g margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
2 1/2 cups plain flour
3tsps ground ginger
1tsp bicarbonate of soda

Cream margarine and sugar until light and creamy.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well until a soft mouldable dough is formed.
Refrigerate for 10minutes or until the dough is formed.
Have fun playing and creating!

If you'd like to bake your creations just preheat your oven to 190C and bake for 8-10minutes (the time will vary greatly based on how big your child's creations are) or until golden brown. Cool on trays.

Now for the fun part…

Would you call this recipe and activity a success or a fail? Would you try this recipe or have you tried another? We want to see! You can share pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google+. Tag your pictures with #ilovesensorydough.

 Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each provide a different take on the dough, some of us with have the BEST recipe ever, while others will show you our attempts (both failed and successful).

Super Easy Edible Play Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Edible Snow Dough & Antarctic Animals Small World | Preschool Powol Packets
Sunflower Seed Butter | The Plesantest Thing
Music Inspired Festive Spice Dough | Witty Hoots
Winter Cranberry and Orange Dough | Peakle Pie
Edible Gingerbread Playdough | Squiggles and Bubbles
Edible Frosting Dough | FSPDT

For more activities like this check out my new book Learn with Play. It’s a collaborative work, written by myself and 93 other amazing bloggers, mothers, teachers and early childhood educators. The e-book comes with links to over 300 activities!
Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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