‘One Hundred and One Recipes for Fun’ is a great collection of fun and messy recipes that can be integrated into your daily planning and activities. These are not my original ideas; I have compiled these recipes over many years of snipping from magazines, borrowing ideas from fellow caregivers, and searching through resource books and internet sites. This resource can be purchased in the Early Learning Success Store – Recipe Book (only $10!!), http://www.earlylearningsuccess.net

The recipes provide hours of fun and engaging play for children BUT through using these recipes, you are also supporting all areas of development, similar to the example of baking cookies below:

When children bake cookies…
See how all of the developmental domains are addressed in this hands-on activity:
1.  Washing hands- this is a health and safety practice that should be encouraged often.

Domain: Physical and Motor Development

2.  Reading the recipe- even if children can’t read they are being exposed to the importance of reading. Consider using pictures as well as words.

Domain: Language and Literacy Development

3.  Gathering supplies-children learn to identify/discriminate between the different ingredients.

Domain: Cognitive Development

4.  Measuring ingredients-children learn to discriminate between differing sizes.

Domain: Cognitive Development

5.  Reaching the table or counter to crack an egg, use an electric beater or to scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet. This takes into account how children approach things.

Domain: Approaches to Learning

6.  Special cookies to be frosted or sprinkled with colored sugars.

Domain: Creativity and the Arts

7.  Proud of the accomplishment! Talk to the children about the experience.

Domain: Social and Emotional Development

Being aware of the learning that is taking place throughout the day helps caregivers be purposeful and intentional with their daily planning. This is how we know children are supported in being ready for school.

My Favorite Recipes!
1. Just Like the Real Play Dough (so they say!)
• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup water
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 tablespoon alum
• ½ cup salt
• 2 tablespoons vanilla
• Food coloring

1. Mix all dry ingredients together
2. Add oil and water
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until dough reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes
4. Remove from heat, add vanilla
5. Divide into balls and work in a few drops of food coloring by kneading the play dough

2. Pudding Play Dough
• 2 cups cornstarch
• 1 box of pudding
• ¾ cup hair conditioner
• Squirt of dish soap
** Vanilla pudding and scented hair conditioner will smell like the hair conditioner
** If using chocolate pudding, try a vanilla scented hair conditioner for chocolate-y scented play dough

1. Mix ingredients together
2. Knead until smooth

3. Apple Cinnamon Dough
• 1 cup ground cinnamon
• 1 cup applesauce
• ¼ cup white school glue (optional)
• Add glitter for sparkle (optional)

1. Add the cinnamon to the applesauce until you get a clay-like consistency
2. Add glue for added thickness; glitter for sparkle
3. Mold shapes by hand or cut with cookie cutter
4. Poke a hole in the top if you want to hang the dried object
5. Let dry on wax paper, turning to let dry on the back side
6. Use ribbon to string to hang for ornament

4. Salt Dough
• 4 cups flour
• 2 cups salt
• 2 ½ cups boiling water

1. Bring 2 ½ cups of water to a boil and remove from heat
2. Add salt to water
3. Stir in flour
4. Knead on a flour-covered surface
5. Shape objects as desired
6. Bake in a 250 degree oven for 2 to 3 hours, checking frequently after 2 hours
7. Let cool and then paint

5. Permanent Sand
• 1/3 cup flour
• 2 T sugar
• 1 cup water
• 6 cups clean sand

Make paste first by:
1. Mix flour and sugar in saucepan
2. Gradually add water, stirring vigorously
3. Cook over low heat until clear, stirring constantly
4. Remove from stove and let cool
5. Add paste to sand and mix well
6. Use to create permanent sand castles
7. Add decorations such as rocks and sea shells

Enjoy and be messy!!