Kids love to create. It is in their nature to make mud pies, build forts and cook special breakfasts and it is up to parents to feed that creative nature. Parents do not have to go straight for the big stuff, keep it simple and make something with the kids that is easy as well as fun, make some dough!
Before making anything too messy with the kids, make sure they are wearing the right clothing. This can include old sweat pants and t-shirts that will not be missed if they get too dirty. Also remember to have the kids wear their hook-and-loop toddler belts to keep pants in place while getting down and dirty.
So Many Options
When it comes to making dough, a lot of things come to mind. Cookie dough is one of the tastiest, but what about bread dough? Then there is the dough that is not for eating, but is a lot more fun! The kids will love making play-dough, salt and flour dough or baking soda goop. So, why not make them all?
Every family has their favorite cookie recipe. Parents can make all shorts of cookie flavors with their kids, but no one can go wrong with chocolate chip. Here is an easy recipe to get things started:
Ingredients:½ cup of softened butter ¾ cup of brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon of vanilla ¼ teaspoon of salt 1 ¼ cup of flour 1 cup of chocolate chips
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.Mix the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and the vanilla, stir until combined. Shift in the flour and salt. Once all is combined, add the chocolate chips. Put tablespoon-sized balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for at least five minutes. Enjoy!
Play Time Dough
After eating plenty of chocolate chip cookies, why not make some dough for playtime? The obvious first choice is play-dough.
Ingredients:2 cups of flour 2 cups of warm water 1 cup of flour 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 tablespoon of cream of tarter to increase elasticity Various colors of food coloring or Kool-Aid Scented oils (optional)
Instructions: Mix together until combined.Make it fun and mix it together using only hands!
Salt and flour dough is the same recipe minus the vegetable oil and cream of tarter. When using play-dough, the kids can have fun playing with it. For salt and flour dough, they can use cookie cutters to make certain shapes, bake the cutouts for about three hours and then paint or decorate their creations. This can be a great idea for Christmas ornaments or gifts.
When creating different kinds of dough with the kids, try to let them add ingredients and mix things up on their own as much as possible. This will be a lot more fun for the kids and also feed their creative mind.
It can be a lot of fun for both parents and kids to create something special, especially when it involves sticking hands in a big bowl of squishy stuff. So have fun and dive in!