Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Peeps Play Dough

As I was putting together or yearly, yummy snack of Peeps s'mores (use a Peep instead of a marshmallow) for a rather small group of kiddos, I realized we'd have a lot of Peeps leftover. I'm not a fan of Peeps and my children don't need the s'mores AND all of the extra sugar of eating Peeps. I quickly thought about what I could do with them and remembered a couple of years ago I made Peeps play dough. I quickly looked at a recipe and remembered how simple it is to make!

Then, as the Peeps came out of the microwave and the ingredients added, I remembered why I didn't like it the first time: it was sticky and then hard in no time. However, I played around with it a bit more this time around. I added in more oil, less corn starch, and warmed it up when I began to harden. All of it worked wonderfully!


Peeps Play Dough:

5 Peeps (any color)
3 tbsp cornstarch
4 tsp vegetable oil (Canola or coconut oil works as well)

Microwave Peeps until warm and fluffy (around 45 seconds for us); before stirring, add in cornstarch and 3 tsp of vegetable oil. Stir until well mixed. Add in 1 tsp of vegetable oil and mix in with hands. The dough should not be sticky or messy. Add in more oil 1/2 tsp at a time if it's still sticky; do not add more cornstarch. This will only make the dough harden quickly.


In this round, I failed to pay attention to how much oil I was putting in, so the dough was EXTRA oily, which is evident in the pictures. The kiddos kept commenting, "why is this play dough so slippery?" 

If the kids aren't constantly playing with the Peeps play dough, it WILL harden FAST. However, 5 - 10 seconds in the microwave makes it soft again. I stored it in Ziploc baggies over night, added 1/2 tsp of vegetable oil after re-warming the next morning and the play dough was good as new! We'll easily be playing with this all week long.