Two little girls came over today to make play-dough in the Bosch mixer. They found it fun to climb up on the step stool, help pour in the ingredients, let the food coloring drip into the water, watch the dough spin round-and-round in the mixing bowl, and play with it together at the table when it was all made.

Making the play-dough took about 10 minutes from start to finish, so this really is a simple, fun, and safe craft activity to prepare together in the kitchen with your kids. Watch their hair if it’s long though, you don’t want it to catch in the mixer!

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water (a Zojirushi hot water dispenser works great for this!)
  • Coloring agent of your choice. (We used food coloring, but we hear gel icing color works well for achieving brighter colors.)
  1. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, and salt together in the bowl of a Bosch mixer with the splash ring and dough hook installed.
  2. If coloring your play dough, add the color to the hot water.
  3. Pour the hot water and oil into the bowl of dry ingredients. Then, with splash ring installed, mix on speed 1 for 5 minutes.
  4. At the end of 5 minutes the play-dough should be very warm, rather tacky, and well combined. If the consistency and temperature is to your liking it’s ready to remove from the bowl and be given to your little ones.

We love the idea of bringing your kids into the kitchen, even at very young ages. It’s a great way to begin teaching them how to prepare, and love, healthy food! While they’re with you go ahead and show them the diversity of ingredients you use, and teach them what you know about the ingredients; think of little trivia bits they might hold on to, like this one: Did you know parsley has more vitamin C than any other regular culinary vegetable? And if they wonder about vitamin C, let them know it helps keep colds away from their bodies. Let them sniff and touch . . . Feed their eagerness and interest to try new food! Knives, hot stoves, and many other tools around the kitchen are dangerous, but kids can learn to conduct themselves safely, so go ahead and invite them in! We think you’ll all have fun.

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