Saturday, 26 November 2011

Coffee Playdough

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I'm very aware that my last two playdough posts have featured brown dough (remember the chocolate playdough cupcakes we made?) I'm also well aware that brown playdough does not look particularly... appetising (for want of a better word). But you guys, this dough is pretty awesome.

Riding high on my playtime success with the (too cutesy named) Baby Barista Sensory Tub I decided we should use coffee more in our playtime - because I freaking love the smell of coffee the kids seem to get a kick out of the caffeine sensory elements it adds to their playtime.

I'll be honest here, I'm not into wasting good coffee, but I am into hoarding the stuff. I currently have four varieties in my kitchen, and I am the only one who drinks it. So of course a big bag of ground coffee never gets used in time - therefore until they start selling smaller single-person sized bags I am completely allowed to use up the remaining in frivolous playtime for my kid right?

This is no-cook dough, but I think it would have worked better with a cooked dough as the coffee did dry it out a little. I'm pretty sure it would work with hot black coffee instead of boiling water in a no-cook recipe, try it, tell me if it did.

There is at least one more coffee play post in the near future (including what to do when your toddler wants to play with the thing you are photographing at the very moment you are photographing it)


  1. I love the smell of coffee in the morning!! I need to make this for at home too:)

  2. we dried out brewed coffee grounds in a low temp oven then used them in sensory table. Make sure they are dry or they will mold.

  3. Hi Sue,

    we had a (very) messy playtime with used grounds - didn't think to dry them out, thanks for the tip!

  4. Interesting. I don't think my kids would like the smell. They are not used to the smell of coffee. I however love the smell. Would be fun for me. Thanks for linking up to Monday Madness.

  5. Hi Laura,

    you could try a sensory exploration - go through the kitchen and use different herbs, spices and ingredients - ground coffee, cinnamon, dried rosemary are our favourites. If your kids are older you can turn this into a Montessori matching game where you have two sets of scents on cotton balls in identical containers and get the kids to match them together.

  6. what is the recipe I don't see it? I have a bunch of grounds to use up from making toddy coffee

  7. Yes, I would like to see the recipe as well.. Thanks

  8. I would also like to know what the recipe is that you used, thank you!

  9. My 'no-cook' recipe :

    1 cup flour
    1/2 cup salt
    1 TBSP vegetable oil
    1 TBSP Cream of Tartar
    1 cup boiling water with 1 TBSP coffee dissolved in it

    - Mix together until combined, then knead for 5 mins until smooth (for coloured playdough omit the coffee and colour the water with food colouring)

  10. How much of the coffee grounds did you add to the play dough?


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