Cleaning out the pantry is a generally unfulfilling task. You come across that snack that you were sure would be a hit in your house (not) some new grain that looked tasty (wasn’t!) and some buy 1 get 3 free promo (you never touched the 3). I came across a bag of 10-grain bread flour mix. Asked my husband (the baker), can you bake with flour that says 2013 on it? he hesitated long enough for me to know it wasn’t worth a shot.
So I promptly put the flour in the trash.
E and I were already working on some Sunday cookie baking. (Love this no-mixer melted butter cookie recipe – perfect!) I had to tell him to not over “drill” the dough (as he puts it) so the dough wouldn’t get too tough. Put the cookie dough away to chill and realized it wouldn’t be too “tough” for him to make his own!
Out of the trash comes the flour…
…and here is our easy Fall-Inspired Sticky Dough Play!
The ingredients and steps could not really be simpler for this fall play dough activity.
1. Put some flour or meal in a mixing bowl. Even better: let your kid scoop it out.
2. Encourage your kid to play with the dry flour.
3. After a while, incorporate some water. We used two small OXO mini measuring cups. I encouraged him to pour a little at a time and to watch how it changes with each addition. For a kid who is generally unsticky, he was having a good time!
4. Add anything else as desired. We chose sunflower seeds in their shells, which actually served as eyes, ears and feet for a turtle he molded into the dough. We later added the contents of a tea bag as well – nice smell!
To roll with the fall play dough idea, you could also add birdseed, dried apples, even gourds or pumpkins. (I’m thinking like a salt crust grilled chicken)
Once he was all done – more than an hour later! – I put the dough into a tray, smooshed it down, and put it out to dry out a little. I ended up putting it with the compost.
What ended up being “garbage” turned into an afternoon of fun in the kitchen — that wasn’t so tough!