Coffee Dough, for Treasure Hunting Fun
Remember when you were a child and you liked to play in mud and dirt? Did you ever make a delicious mud pie and then leave it to bake in the sun? Did you ever break apart that pie once it had dried, and rediscovered the treasures that you might have mixed into the wet soil?
This is a great craft for kids who like to dig and explore, children who like to make mud pies, and find things for themselves.
This recipe will make a dough that dries hard, but is crumbly and easy to break apart.
This makes it great for making "rocks" with hidden gems inside, or even something like "Dinosaur Eggs" for our dino crazy little boys and girls.
With this dough, and a few plastic toys or costume jewels and you can have great party favors, or just something to keep a kid busy on a rainy day.
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All you will need
* 1 cup of flour
* 1 cup of used coffee grounds (dried)
* 1/2 cup salt
* 1/4 cup sand
* water (3/4 of a cup to start but you may have to add more)
* mixing bowl
* small surprises to mold the dough around
* glitter to add some sparkle to your dough if you are making treasure rocks
I have not tried it myself, but I have heard that if you don't drink coffee you can call and ask the big chain coffee places (eg Starbucks) and they will save some of their used coffee grounds for you.
Making the Dough
It is really easy.
Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Slowly start adding your water, while mixing the dough with your hands. It is important to get your hands in there. You have to knead the dough as if it were bread dough.
When your dough is of a mold-able consistency it is done, and it is time to make your rocks or eggs with it.
After you have made your rocks or eggs you have 2 drying options.
You can let them air dry, which could take 2 to 3 days depending on how thick they are, or you can speed the process by putting them in the oven.
Bake them on a cookie sheet at 150 degrees for about 15-20. When you poke them they should not be soft to the touch anymore.
Creating Rocks or Eggs
This is the Fun Part
Once your dough is of the right consistancy you can start making your Treasure Rocks or Dinosaur Eggs
To do that you take your treasure or dino and begin molding your dough around it, shaping it to cover all of the gift.
If it is a treasure rock you can make it lumpy and uneven. This i where you can add a little bit of glitter to the dough to make it sparkle, or just roll the finished rock in glitter to have a super sparkly outside!
If it is a dinosaur egg you can try to make it egg shaped and smoother.
End the end it doesn't really matter because they are made to be broken apart!
What's Inside? - Goodies to hide in your eggs or treasure rocks.
What Would You Like to Find?
If you were a child and had been given a "Treasure Rock" made out of coffee dough, what would you like to find in it?