ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Coffee Dough

Updated on March 22, 2014

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.

****

All photos (excluding images on any module links) on this lens were taken by Winona Morris or Robert Morris (her husband) é2013 to present

Supplies

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

OPTIONAL

* glitter to add some sparkle to your dough if you are making treasure rocks

TIP

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.

Dino DIY

Dino DIY
Dino DIY
Making a Dinosaur Egg
Making a Dinosaur Egg

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?

New Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      very interesting.

    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Starbucks here in England often have big bags of used grounds by the counter for people to take home. Most people use it for composting, but this looks a great use. It saves Starbucks costs of garbage pick up, so everyone is happy (except UK taxpayers, as Starbucks has some very dodgy tax practices, but I take my revenge in used grounds).

    • profile image

      othellos 

      5 years ago

      Interesting information about coffee grounds. Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content. As a coffee lover myself I now know what to do with the... leftovers!

    • notsuperstitious1 profile image

      Edith Rose 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Very unique use of coffee grounds.

    • Jemjoseph profile image

      Jemjoseph 

      5 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea for young kids that love dinosaurs. I'm up for all ideas that will help keep the summer vacation interesting.

    • Jemjoseph profile image

      Jemjoseph 

      5 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea for young kids that love dinosaurs. I'm up for all ideas that will help keep the summer vacation interesting.

    • Jemjoseph profile image

      Jemjoseph 

      5 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea for young kids that love dinosaurs. I'm up for all ideas that will help keep the summer vacation interesting.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      And i thought used coffee grounds are useful only as fertilizer... We live and learn. And in this case we can have fun too! Thanks:)

    • profile image

      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      This sounds like a whole lot of fun! I am thinking glittery golden bars with lottery tickets hidden inside in something that will protect them from the dough... will have to think about that one!

    • noner profile imageAUTHOR

      noner 

      5 years ago

      @marsha32: I would have never thought there was such a need for used coffee grounds. lol

    • profile image

      marsha32 

      5 years ago

      oh this sounds like so much fun!!

      Our Starbucks does put the used coffee grounds in bags for you to take free. It's pretty popular for people to take them. I have a gift card so should stop in with my daughter, get drinks and see if they do have some out. Sometimes they do and sometimes it's already gone.

    • noner profile imageAUTHOR

      noner 

      5 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you for taking time to view and comment.

      I was very excited to be part of her list!

    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This sounds like a great way to hide treats for kids. I never heard of it before.

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a wonderfully clever idea! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on being featured in Bonnie's post, "20 Craft Lenses We Love."

    • noner profile imageAUTHOR

      noner 

      5 years ago

      @junkcat: Yep, and great sensory play for younger kids too!

    • noner profile imageAUTHOR

      noner 

      5 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: Yep, kids LOVE them, and having them hunt them down makes it even more fun.

      I've seen "science kits" in stores that are basically the same thing, gems or other items in a "rock" that they dig into until they find it.

    • junkcat profile image

      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      Sound like an excellent kind of texture for kids to play with and create this artistically.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)