Have you ever wondered how Play Doh® or other brand name clay making companies actually MAKE their products?
Well, any company will tell you that their recipe is top secret. Companies do this to protect themselves from their competition. So while we may never know exactly how they do it, we will get a list of ingredients from them.
They do that to protect kids with food allergies.
In the image on the left you can see the members of our support group for kids with food allergies making play dough together. We learned how to measure, pour, heat, and stir to create our very own special batch of clay. We did this at our final meeting of the semester. The kids had a wonderful time and the meeting ended on a high note. Our group of 12 kids made 2½ cups of homemade play dough each. We gave each child 3 small round rubbermaid containers, three small ziplock baggies, label making templates, and some activity sheets.
In the picture on the left you can see one of our groups measuring baking soda, alum, tapioca flour, salt, oil, and water for a batch of dough. Each week we create three separate stations that we rotate. This gives all the kids a chance to take turns with the cooking.
They're taking turns pouring the ingredients into a big dutch oven pot. We we are cooking it on a hot plate. The whole recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. The kids all loved the stirring job.
Our cooking club recipe contest for kids ages 5-11 living in North America is taking entries. This contest is open to kids with food allergies, their siblings, and their friends. You do not need to have food allergies to enter. You must live in the United States or Canada to be eligible for a prize. Are you creative? Do you love food? Get into your kitchen and get cooking, then!
Our Charter Club was busy in the fall of 2010 testing the activities, games, and recipes for our brand new non-profit organization. In October 2010 we tested the Pear-fect Buddy craft recipe and activities. Of course, if you read the story you know that Buddy is Cilie's pet dog. In case you don't know, the story is: Cilie Yack is Under Attack. Who's buddy? He's a cattle dog that works on a Farm in Co. Clare Ireland. To learn more about him visit our Buddy Puzzle Page. Buddy has a nose for food and is constantly looking for a snack. Buddy doesn't care what it is. He just wants to eat it. Kids like to hear about Cilie's funny cartoon dog and his obsession with food. It is something that they understand more than regular folks realize. The club kids loved the food craft and enjoyed eating it too! We made a few adjustments to the original recipe because one of our club kids is allergic to grapes.
Need a creative idea for safely marking your food allergy treats when you go to parties? These tags are perfect for holding allergy safe treats at school, birthday parties, and family visits. Download and print out these allergy friendly Cilie Snack Tags to make your food allergy snack look a little more hip and cool. Any child with food allergies can use these Cilie Snack tags. Just write your name on the line. Snack tags are a fun way to decorate your alternative snack bags for school or birthday parties to make you feel special and to let the other kids know those treats are just for you.