I love holiday traditions! My children, at 7, 6, and 4-years-old, are now able to remember past Christmases and they look forward to our holiday traditions. One of our favorite holiday traditions is reading and then watching Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas and playing with our very own, homemade, peppermint-scented, sparkly Grinchy Dough!
Over the years, we have shared this dough with friends. We have gifted it to cousins, given it to mom friends who are under the weather, and hosted playdates specifically to play with the dough.
I’ve had three friends text me in the past couple of weeks for this recipe and so I thought it only fitting that I share it with you all!
Last year, Leo wrote a blog post in which he shared our Grinchy Dough recipe. Today, I’m sharing his post for all to see and enjoy!
Flashback to Leo’s Louge, Christmas 2014:
This is Leo.
Today, for my homeschooling, I was in charge of making holiday play dough. I am going to tell you how to make your own holiday playdough. We call it Grinchy Dough. I got to teach T and Seuss how to make it today. I did one batch and then they did the other and I showed them how. It was fun to be the teacher. We have A LOT of play dough now!
In our house, we like to make it green and sparkly and then we call it “Grinchy-Dough” but you can use any colors- be creative!
Today, I am going to tell you how to make your own holiday play-dough today. YOU WILL LOVE THIS!
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 cups of water
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbl. vegetable oil
few drops food coloring
peppermint extract (so it smells like December)
1. Gather all of your supplies. Make sure you have enough of everything.
2. Combine all ingredients except for the food coloring, glitter, and peppermint extract.
3. Heat on low heat. Stir frequently.
4. You have to be VERY patient. It takes a long time for the dough to turn from a liquid into play dough.
5. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and is no longer sticky, you can turn off the stove. Make sure it isn’t sticky!
6. Let the dough cool.
7. When cool, smooth in food color of your choice, glitter, and (if you want) peppermint extract.
8. Knead the dough until the coloring and glitter is even. Here is our Grinchy Dough:
9. Gather all of your play dough tools and have a wild Grinchy play dough rumpus!
Enjoy! Please try this recipe and let me know how yours turned out. What color did you use? What did you make? We made pizza, ice cream, mustaches, cookies, and LOTS of other things!
Thanks for reading!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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