Here are some fun play-dough recipes using common Easter candies.
Marshmallow Peeps Play-Dough (original recipe found here):
- Package of Peeps
- 1/2 cup Corn starch
- 1 teaspoon Oil
- 1 teaspoon Water
- Melt 8 Peeps in the microwave for 45 seconds with 1 teaspoon of water.
- Add 1 teaspoon oil after they are melted
- Stir to loosen the mixture, but leave it in the bowl to cool.
- In a separate bowl, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup corn starch. Press the corn starch down into the bowl.
- Add the melted marshmallow Peep mixture and fold in the corn starch.
- At this point, the dough will be sticky and stretchy like bubble gum. Add a bit more corn starch if you need to, but keep mixing and folding until the dough no longer sticks to your hands.
Jellybean Play-Dough (original recipe found here):
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup reserved water
- 2 Tablespoons salt
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Sort Jellybeans by color into microwave-safe bowls. Add 1/2 cup water to each bowl and cook on high for 1.5 minutes, until all the color from the jellybeans had dissolved into the water. Strain the beans and discard them, reserving the water.
In a saucepan (preferably nonstick), combine the flour, reserved water, salt and cream of tartar, until the mixture is somewhat smooth.
Place the saucepan over a low-medium heat and stir regularly. As the mixture starts to thicken, stir constantly.
Soon it will start to pull away from the sides of the saucepan and form a ball.
- Remove from the heat and place the play-dough ball on some parchment or wax paper. It might look a little lumpy at this point! Once it has cooled enough to touch, knead it for a minute or two until smooth.
Chocolate Play-Dough (original recipe found here):
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 4 drops of glycerine (optional extra for increased shine and stretch)
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir in the vegetable oil
- Mix together.
- Stir in the boiling water and mix until combined.
- When it has cooled a little, knead it on a clean surface until it loses all stickiness and becomes smooth and stretchy. No residue should come off on your fingers. If it is still sticky add a little more flour, if too dry and crumbly add more water, a tablespoon at a time.
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