Monday, June 20, 2016

Homemade Ice Cream Play Dough

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Hello summer! Welcome to the first official day of summer. Does it feel like summer in your corner of the world? It has been hot, sunny, and rainy here in Florida, which is classic summer weather. We have scorching hot days perfect for the pool and beach, then those days that keep us indoors due to thunderstorms from hurricane season. Many days, we get a mixture of both. For those days when the kids are stuck inside, try this simple and fun activity: Homemade Edible Ice Cream Play Dough.

Edible Ice Cream Play Dough

I saw this cool recipe for this DIY play dough over at Smart School House on Pinterest. It requires only two ingredients, but (if you're kid is like my daughter), the time spent enjoying it can last hours!

I just had to try it with my kids. My daughter loves it and spends so much time just playing with it on her own, so it's perfect for when you need to get other things done and can't keep eyes on your kid the whole time.

If your kids ends up eating some of it, at least you know it's safe!

I think that's why she likes it so much. It smells so good. It has that candy dessert scent from the ingredients used.

All It Takes Are 2 Ingredients

It only takes two ingredients, so this is definitely something you should try if your kids like playing with play dough. It can also be therapeutic for adults to play with!

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream Play Dough

What You Need:
  • Electric stand mixer (using the dough hook attachment)
  • 1 cup Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting or any pre-made frosting (not whipped frosting)
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Ice cream cones, optional
  • Play dough tools, optional 
  • Parchment paper or wax paper, optional

  1. On slow speed, gradually mix the powdered sugar in small amounts with the pre-made frosting. It may require more than 2 3/4 cups of powdered sugar. 
  2. Just keep pouring small increments in until the texture is the consistency of play dough and no longer sticking to your fingers.
  3. Once the texture begins to thicken to where it's difficult to use the dough hooks, you can form the play dough into a ball and knead it all together to combine it.                                                            
I placed down parchment paper on the table for my kids to be able to use some play dough tools they have to make shapes with it. We bought a pack of the play dough tools from the dollar store.

The pack came with little plastic cookie cutters in various forms like a turtle, pineapple, car, apple, etc. It also had a roller like a rolling pin, small plastic scissors, and more.

If you add too much powdered sugar, Smart School House suggests dropping in a few drops of olive oil. I used plastic food containers to store them in the fridge. You can also store them in a plastic zip bag in the fridge when the kids are done playing with it.

What are some DIY play dough recipes you enjoy? Share and let me know, I'd love to hear it!

Pass this post along to a friend or another parent who would enjoy making this recipe!

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