DIY: Flavored Play Dough Cookies
PLAY DOUGH COOKIES are fun! There is always the option to use this play dough as play dough that children can taste as well!
I found that the cookies will bake without egg or with egg so that there is no harm in tasting a little. Letting the kids eat too much sugar is never good anyway but they can taste each color if they want to. I also like to add drink mix flavors for different smells and flavors.
Drink mix like grape, cherry, fruit punch, blue raspberry, lemon and orange really enhance the experience
First. Preheat oven to 350. Start out with making sugar cookie dough that is premade and just add water and oil, or butter. Having your food colors ready, mix all the colors yourself in separate bowls, washing your hands so that the colors don’t mix. I like to wear gloves so that I don’t have blue hands all day. For more advanced children make the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue and have them make green (mix yellow and blue), orange (mix red and yellow) and purple (mix red and blue) themselves.
Next. Line up the premade colored dough divided individually so that each child can use their imagination on what they want to make. Looks just like play dough and the kids cannot wait to start creating.
Then. Have the children create their own creations on the baking pan. I know from experience that you cannot successfully move their cookie creations without smooshing or wrecking them. The best way is to have to cookies made directly on the pan. Be sure to tell each child not to build it too flat or too high so that the cookies will bake without burning or coming out too doughy. No cookie spray is needed, the cookies will come right off. Before you bake the cookies 350 for 10 mins make sure the edges are not to flat and that the cookies are not too high by fixing it yourself gently before they are placed in the oven. I have to do this in secret because if I am caught the children think that I am fixing their creations.
Finally bake the cookies and take them out after about 10 mins!
Separating the colors opens the door to endless combinations of fun
- 2 packs prepackaged sugar cookie dough, follow package directions without egg
- food coloring, a few drops for each color
- oil or butter, follow package directions
Show children how mixing can make new colors
- Red mixed with yellow will make orange, red mixed with blue will make purple, blue mixed with yellow will make green’
- Give children mini rolling pins, butter knives and a clean baking pan, this sets the stage for tons of fun and small motor skill development
- Play with the children to inspire them. Help children transfer any creations made on the table but try to encourage children to create on the baking pan. Flatten any cookies that pay not bake if too thick and tell children you are doing so.
- If you are using the dough as play dough try to encourage children to use primary color combinations that will not result in brown if play dough cannot separate.
- Be sure to wash children’s hands before and after this project. A fun additive for children expecially in preschool childcare daycare settings is to give children gloves
- This activity is a wonderful time to teach the five senses. Ask the children if the play dough is noisy or quiet? invite children to smell the play dough. Think like a teacher and explore with them how it feels, is it soft, hard or squishy? Ask the small students what they are they making? Ask children how they thought of what they are creating? Do they plan to make a cookie for themselves or someone else? No questions are bad questions because they teach children to really think about what they are making