Edible Playdough Turned Slime – #PinterestFail…or is It?
I wanted to make my own playdough for the longest time because I kept seeing beautiful homemade playdough popping up on my Pinterest feed. Motivated by a friend’s suggestion, I decided to finally give it a go for my next Pinterest adventure. I searched for “edible playdough” on Pinterest since Zoe may end up with some in her mouth, and a ton of recipes came up. As I didn’t want to go purchase additional supplies, I picked the recipe that used what I already had at home.
The recipe calls for just 2 ingredients – yogurt and cornstarch. All I had to do was mix them together, easy peasy…right? I measured ¾ cup cornstarch and 1 cup yogurt like the recipe suggested, and I mixed and mixed and…no playdough. The mixture was still way too liquidy for me to even roll it into a ball by hand. So, I kept adding corn starch to make it thicker. ¼ cup more…nope…another ¼ cup…still nope.
Zoe helped me stir at one point and as expected, she flung some of the mixtures across the room. Fortunately, my dog was happy to clean it up.
So, 1 ¾ cup of cornstarch later, still no dice. A sense of dread started creeping in my mind as I started to run out of cornstarch. This is why I never start a Pinterest project! They never turn out how I expect them to turn out! And after wasting all this yogurt and cornstarch, all I have is some goo that I can’t even pick up! ARGHHHHH, can you say worst nightmare coming true? With a little prayer, I dumped the remaining cornstarch I had left into the mixture, hoping this last ¼ cup was just enough to make the mixture the desired consistency.
The result? Drumroll please… I got SLIME! The mixture was still way too liquidy to be called playdough, but just hard enough that I could pick it up for a couple of seconds before it started running off my hands. Since it doesn’t really keep well considering that yogurt is one of the ingredients, I decided that was worth at least a try as a sensory experience for Zoe.
I dumped it all out on the table for Zoe to play with, and guess what? She loved it! The cool, slimy texture amused her to no end. She kept poking at it and making the funniest smiley faces at me. Then, to my dismay, she started wiping it all over her face and hair. At this point, I just gave up on being mess-free…I will just throw her in the bath later to clean her up and hope that the carpet will survive this attempt at being a Pinterest mom.
At one point, Zoe decided to slap the slime. When she pulled her hand away, the slime stuck to her hand and stretched like hot cheese on a pizza. Kind of cool!
We had to go out for a few hours, so I set the mixture in the fridge. I was hoping that it would dry out a little more so that we could play with it when we got back. The cold air did help, and while the mixture was still cool, we were able to make indentations with our fingers in the “playdough.” However, once it warmed up back to room temperature, it became slimy again just like before. Zoe again was super amused by it and poked at it for quite a while.
Overall, the project was definitely a Pinterest fail, but since the slime entertained Zoe for quite a bit and also allowed her to explore different textures, I am glad we tried it. I think most of us have a mental block against Pinterest projects because we are afraid that they will turn out badly and we will just be disappointed. However, I say keep an open mind, and even if the project doesn’t turn out as expected, chances are your toddler will think it’s a winner anyway. Go slime!
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