We LOVE getting our kids involved in the kitchen, but boy does that mean MESSES all the time. My personality actually revolts a little every time I see the mess and feel it under my feet (yikes!), but the fun my kids have is priceless. For our latest kitchen adventure, we made colorful rainbow play dough cookies! They start as play dough and then we turn into deliciously fruity cookies — It’s a recipe and activity in one!
Especially when homeschooling, it’s important to find activities that will keep the kids’ attention as well as offer plenty of opportunities for learning. With a recipe in the kitchen, they’re practicing reading skills, following instructions, measuring, fine motor skills… and that’s all just in the recipe portion!
With these play dough cookies, you get plenty of time while the kids use their imaginations while playing with the dough! Just make sure to thoroughly wash surfaces and their hands first… because this dough will turn into cookies when they’re all done playing.
Rainbow Play Dough Cookies Activity + Recipe
Since we’re always looking for ways to help our kids learn to love the kitchen, it’s important to me to find and share projects that also double as a fun craft and activity! Since my littles really like to play with play dough, we decided to create a fresh and fruity bake-able play dough cookies recipe and let them go wild with it. FOUR little ones in our brand new WHITE kitchen with lots of flour, sugar and food coloring is definitely a recipe for messes to happen, but here’s the thing, messes will happen anyway. Instead of my inner Type-A going crazy, I can be prepared to embrace the mess and have fun with my kids…
The fun in this colorful play dough cookies recipe is that we can have fun first with measuring and mixing, then we create and play by building our play dough creations… and then when everyone is “play-doughed” out, we bake it into colorful sweet treats! And on top of it, the fruity scent and taste of the play dough cookies reminds me of Jolly Ranchers, so tutti-fruity… and so colorfully fun. I could only eat a few bites, but I have to say, the kids loved eating something that had so much fun making. I think this would be such a perfect activity and recipe for kids parties too!
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 2 (or more) 3 oz. packages of jello
- Food coloring, optional
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tarter. Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
- Divide the dough into four sections. Sprinkle two tablespoons of jello onto each section and then knead the dough until combined. You can add a few drops of food coloring in, if you’d like the color to be more vibrant.
- Let kids knead and play with dough until you're ready to bake.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls. If desired, you may roll the balls into the extra jello powder for a sweeter cookie.
- Place dough onto the baking sheet two inches apart. Flatten the dough with the bottom of the bowl to allow the cookies to cook evenly.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Remove cookies from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g