Porridge Playdough for Baby Bear!

It took several years to master this playdough.  The traditional recipes for oatmeal playdough are sticky and – honesty – a mess to deal with.   I adapted my basic playdough recipe and have created a perfect porridge playdough!  This dough has a hint of vanilla and cinnamon and is sure to give hours of wonderful play!

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My Porridge Playdough Recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 rounded tablespoons cream of tarter
2 rounded tablespoons of cinnamon
1 1/2 cup of water
2 tablespoons of vanilla
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Step One

Heat liquid ingredients over medium high heat in a large pan.

Step Two

While liquids are heating, mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
IMPORTANT TIP:  I do not add oats to the cooked dough!

Step Three

When liquids are beginning to boil, dump in dry ingredients.  Mix in while stirring.  It may seem like you have a big mess on your hands.  Keep stirring and folding in the dough as it cooks.  I like to use a spatula for stirring (one that is heat resistant).  Do not overcook.  It will begin to darken.  I take my spatula and press the dough down to cook it quickly.  (Less than 3 minutes) Remove from heat.

Step Four

 Dump dough on to countertop or cutting board.

Knead it like bread dough – folding it in and punching it down.  Do this until it is silky smooth.

IMG_9285Your dough will be smooth.

Step Five

IMG_9303Put out 2 cups of old fashioned oats.   This is very important.  DO NOT USE quick oats.  This will result in sticky, yucky dough.  Use the slow cooking old fashion oats.
Let the children work the oats into the cooked dough.
Baby Bear says it is just right!!
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  1. Lee in Pre says:

    I would have never, ever thought of that! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  2. Annette says:

    This is wonderful– we’re doing the three bears and letter B this week, so it’s perfect. And I love that you included a print out for a notebook! Would you consider adding it to the Waldorf link up here? It’s wonderful!

    • Annette! Yes! I will go link up! Also – one of my new features that I am starting in my rebuilding my blog is a “Teacher’s Notebook.” Starting Monday, I am going back and creating printable PDFs of all major content in my blog and putting it at the bottom of the post. I had an ah ha moment – I realized I wished I could easily print online content but it always comes out weird. My blog will be a printable book!! Cool beans!

  3. Cindy T says:

    Love the play dough for the Three Bears Porridge. I make plain play dough, but may add vanilla now, and let the students add the cinnamon, oats and cardamom seeds. I provide a mortar and pestle for them to crush the cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods. They take their little bit of play dough home after they have played with it at school. We have classroom porridge play dough they use for the remainder of the unit.

    • Sally says:

      I love this idea!

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