Friday, February 1, 2013

Recipes for FUN!! Ice Cream Dough

Today we hit up the dollar store for some new, sensory, supplies. We scored a few boxes of cornstarch and baking soda plus some bottles of shaving cream and baby oil and even found water beads! Over the next couple of weeks we will be trying out some great sensory recipes and sharing our results.

Our first Recipe for FUN is ice cream dough!!
Oh my was this fun to make!!
We followed the directions in the link below:

Ice Cream Dough

One cone coming up!!

 For our first batch we wanted chocolate ice cream so we added one Tbs. of unsweetened cocoa powder to the cornstarch before mixing in conditioner.
Then we decided strawberry would be great for our second batch. We added a cap-ful of strawberry extract and a few drops of red food coloring to the cornstarch & conditioner before mixing.
I love how this turned out!! The food coloring doesn't mix in all the way and leaves little specks of red throughout the mix that resemble strawberry chunks and, of course, it smells amazing!! 
Any extract could be used (banana would be yummy!), even unsweetened drink mix would work well - just remember to mix dry together first then wet.  I also recommend using an unscented conditioner. (we did not have that on hand so our scents were a little bit off due to the existing, fruity scent of our conditioner)
Do Not Eat!! :)

Crazy enough, the dough actually feels cold and looks like real ice cream for awhile.
(It does start to turn quite dough like the more it's handled.)

We used play kitchen cups and bowls and some play dough supplies to create our ice cream shop.
This recipe took about 5 minutes to make and 10 minutes to clean up afterwards with a good hour of fun in between!
 Ok, so just in case you don't have cornstarch on hand or don't want to use up a lot of conditioner, here's a quick n' easy recipe that calls for baking soda & water:

Ice Cream Parlor Bath
Growing a Jeweled Rose

P.S. Sometimes when preparing meals I feel I have to say "no" a lot to when it comes to my littlest helping out. I do have him set the table and find ingredients but I limit most of it yet (the two older kids like to help as well and it becomes a lot of commotion by the stove) so with recipes like these I am free to let him "cook" all he wants. We do the measuring together and the pouring and mixing is great for him, it's ok to get messy, nobody gets hurt and no real meal is lost if some falls on the floor!

Happy Creating!! ☺

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