With the fourth of July just around the corner, I know a lot of us will be visiting family and friends for pool parties, cook-outs, camping, and probably fireworks. Ahh fireworks!! As a kid, I loved them and always looked forward to the family outing at the local mall where our town gathered to watch the beautiful display of what we, as Americans, associate our Independence Day with. But as an adult and new mom, I’ve come to dread this oh so loud and dangerous display of freedom.
With a 2-year-old, who sticks to a pretty strict bedtime routine, it’s lights out at 8 p.m. That means no fireworks display for him, at least for now. Instead, I’ve come up with a fun, age-appropriate way for my son to celebrate his liberation from the British Empire. This simple Independence Day No-Bake Playdoh recipe is perfect for tiny hands wanting to explore and use their imagination.
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Independence Day No-Bake Playdoh Ingredients:
- Food Coloring
- 1 1/8 C. Salt
- Coconut Oil
- 3/4 C. Warm Water
- 3 C. White Flour
- 3 bowls
- Red, White, & Blue Glitter
- Red, White, & Blue Confetti Stars
Independence Day No-Bake Playdoh Directions:
- Set out 3 medium size bowls.
- Add 1/4 cup of warm water to each bowl.
- Add 20 drops of red food coloring to your first bowl. Next, add 20 drops of blue food coloring to your second bowl. Stir. No food coloring in the third bowl (this one will be white).
- Next, add ½ tbs. of melted coconut oil to each bowl.
- Combine 3 cups flour and 1 1/8 cup (1 cup & 2 tbs) of salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Add 1 cup of flour mix into each color bowl.
- Stir mixture with a fork.
- Knead dough on flour dusted cutting board. Roll into a ball.
- Repeat for each color.
- Add glitter & confetti to each color.
- Store in an airtight ZipLock bag in the refrigerator.
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*Cut off ¼ of each color and combine to make a marbleized red, white, & blue.
If you’re visiting friends or family with small children this Fourth of July, bring along some of this Independence Day No-Bake Playdoh as a gift or offering to the host. Add dough to a cellophane gift bag, tie a piece of festive ribbon around it with a star cookie cutter and voilà.
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The best part of making your own Independence Day No-Bake Playdoh is that you know exactly what your kids are playing with and if the playdoh accidentally finds its way to their mouth, it probably won’t be the worst thing (although quite salty) they put in their mouth.
Have you ever made your own playdoh? Share in the comments below.
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