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

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

Step Two

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

Step Three

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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.
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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.
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Let the children work the oats into the cooked dough.
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Baby Bear says it is just right!!
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