Homemade Pudding Cup Playdough

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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I was looking at my calendar today and realized I only have two weeks left of work until my journey as a stay at home mom begins.  I am well aware that this job will be trying and difficult, but I'm super excited to have this opportunity to stay home with my kiddos!  Kurtis and I recently decided that even though I'm home, Cohen needs to attend school to help prepare him for his upcoming Kindergarten year.  While he already attends a Pre-K class, he will be moved to a transitional room with kids that are older like him but his day will be from 9-2 and just three days a week rather than all day long and five days a week.  So that means I have two days with all three kids at home.  This also means I will be entertaining two kids and an infant in the dead of an Indiana winter.

Oh. Snap.

I've started a list of local story hours and playgroups that are age appropriate for my family.  But in all reality when the temperatures are negative and freezing, there is no way I'm venturing out of my house (or pajamas) with three kids in tote.  I've been brain storming some fun, easy and practical activities that we can do at home together with the things I already have stored away here.  I recently came across my mom's old recipe for homemade play dough and was brought back to the cold days at home, using food coloring to color our own play dough.  With a few basic ingredients, we'd spend hours making shapes and sculptures with this stuff!  And since it was so cheap to make, you don't feel guilty throwing it away when it starts to get hard.  Plus it's play dough - what kid doesn't like to get their hands onto a good ball of play dough?   This was a must-do activity that definitely made my SAHM list.

Now fast forward to this past weekend.  We woke up Saturday to lightning, thunder and torrential rains.  While I appreciate a good, rainy day I don't appreciate the fact that all of our outdoor plans had to be cancelled.  I was even supposed to enjoy my "Mommy Day" at the hair salon only to find out that the wonderful weather caused a power outage at my salon.  It was a bummer for all around to say the least.  After a morning of blocks, painting, cartoons and games, the kids were still bored of course.  Now was the perfect time to bust out the homemade play dough recipe.  But to add to the dreariness of the day, my flour container fell out of the pantry and busted into a million pieces causing my kitchen to look as if it had just snowed and basically ruining my plans for some play dough fun.  The teacher in me got to thinking as I swept up the mess.  There HAD to be another ingredient I could use to make this stuff.  I mean, what would it hurt anyways since we were looking for something to do?  Luckily, I remembered the Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding I had purchased at Walmart the previous week.  These four count cups were the perfect go-to after school snack and the chocolate and s'mores flavors are sure to please every kiddo!  Plus there was a $0.55 off coupon in the September/October issue of ALL YOU magazine making the Hershey Ready to Eat Pudding a super great price!  It was too good not to stock up on for those after school moments.

 After a little trial and error, the recipe ended up turning out pretty good!  Since the pudding was more liquid based than the flour ingredient in my original recipe, I decided to add a little oil and just a dash of water to help make it more of a solid.  Plus the Hershey Ready to Eat Pudding made it smell really good and the cups were perfect little storage containers for our play dough.  I will definitely be using this recipe when the Snowstorm of '16 hits Indiana like it seems to do every year.

Easy Homemade Pudding Cup Play dough with Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding

You'll Need:
--1-2 cups of Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding (our favorite flavor is the S'mores!)
--Vegetable Oil

How to Make It:
1.  Empty your Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding cup into a bowl.  Be sure to save your cup!

2.  Add the cornstarch.  I started with 1/2 of a cup as I made my batch.  I then saved the other fourth to add to the play dough when it started to get a little sticky as we played with it.

3.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into your bowl.  You can also use a dash of water to help mix it all together.

4.  Mix together and use the cups for storage and play dough fun!

I have to be honest, I'm pretty proud of this easy recipe considering I am not that crafty, fancy mom that I wish I was sometimes.  Plus it was super easy and the ingredients are everything that I keep in my pantry and refrigerator on a weekly basis.  But the fact that I can use these Hershey's Ready to Pudding cups not only as a tasty, on-the-go snack but also as part of an easy craft at home for the kids is a win for this mom!

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