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.
Your dough will be smooth.

Step Five

Put 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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