There are times around here when I forget that Big Sister E is only 3 (there are other times when it is abundantly clear that she is 3... but that's a different story). She helps me with housework, runs and gets things from other rooms and is especially good at excitedly telling me when Little Sister B is doing something that she shouldn't.
"She's on THE CHAIR, Mama!" or "She's pulling THE BOOKS DOWN!" don't worry me all that much, but the "Mama, she's got ____ in her MOUTH!" are the ones that make me pay close attention. Unfortunately for Big Sister E, that means that there are a set of toys and activities that she enjoys that we can't do until her little sister takes a nap and we don't have to worry about what she might try to ingest.
Until recently, one of those included the big bin of play dough and the fun of rolling, shaping and creating with it. Have you seen the ingredients in that stuff? All kinds of weird preservatives, chemicals, lubricants, hardeners... plenty that is not going in my daughter's mouth if I can prevent it. So, imagine both girls' surprise and excitement when I told them that we were going to get out a play dough that was safe and fun at the same time.
One glimpse at the colorful box of Yummy Dough and it was as if life for them had just gotten so many times better than before.
Following the directions, we started off by washing both our hands and the table to be sure that our Yummy Dough would stay nice and clean. I became slightly concerned at the next step when I read that we needed to mix exactly 20 ml of water with the powdered dough mix. How much was that? Fortunately, I just hadn't taken everything out of the Yummy Dough box and found a plastic syringe waiting for just that purpose.
As soon as the drops of water hit the white powder, they turned bright and colorful, which amazed Big Sister E. After I had added precisely 20 ml, I mixed with a spoon to get a crumbly dough.
Pulling the crumbles out of the bowl, I began to knead them together to form a smooth, pliable dough. Handing each one a chunk of Yummy Dough, I told Big Sister E and Little Sister B to play with it. Make something! Be creative!
At first, they both obliged.
While Big Sister E chatted about the dog and its bowl and its bone and everything else that her dough was turning into, Little Sister B did exactly what I knew she would do and took a taste. Discovering that it wasn't bad, convincing her to play with her dough was somewhat of a lost cause from then on, although I did get her to roll and pat it a few more times.
Big Sister E had a great time though and the two of us managed to put together a tray of things out of the red and blue Yummy Dough that I had mixed. I even tried combining a small chunk of each of them together and found that the resulting purple was a really pretty color. Had we mixed up the yellow and the green as well, I would have liked to try a multitude of combinations to make a whole rainbow.
Even though the instructions said to use baking paper, I lined our cookie sheet with aluminum foil and found it worked just fine as well. After baking at 270° for around 15 minutes (I checked on them a few times because some of our handiwork was much thinner and smaller than others), everyone was ready for a taste.
No, our Yummy Dough creations weren't quite as perfect as the examples, but Big Sister E could still tell you the story behind each one. As for the flavor, we were all pleasantly surprised with how good this is both raw and after being cooked. I felt like we were sampling slightly less-sugary tasting sugar cookies and both Big Sister E and Little Sister B were only too happy to gobble up any pre- or post-baked treats.
The only downside to Yummy Dough that I can think of is that once you use it, it's gone! It can't be stored without having been baked, so this isn't a product that you could put in a container and pull out another day. However, once your kids have taken a bite of it, there probably wouldn't be any leftovers to stash away anyway.
Considering the ingredients are all things I have actually heard of (such as flour, sugar, vegetable shortening, etc), kids love it and it is completely safe for everyone involved, Yummy Dough is a great thing to have around to play with and snack on. This would also be a really fun project for a birthday party, holiday or afternoon for children of all ages to enjoy! Not only do kids and adults have a blast being creative but then they get the happiness out of the experience of baking together as well. Plus, thanks to PlaSmart (Yummy Dough's parent company and creator of all things incredible), one person will get to simultaneously create and eat with their kids, because...
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