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Play dough hot cross buns

Play dough hot cross buns

Home made play dough is so easy to make and I like the fact I know exactly what’s in it. The other day I made some play dough for my children so they could make some play dough Hot Cross buns. Hot Cross buns are a traditional Easter treat (although they seem to be available in the shops earlier each year!). They are a spiced sweet bun made with currants and marked with a cross on the top.

Recipe for home made play dough:

150g plain flour
100g salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
180ml water
mixed spice

To make the play dough mix the dry ingredients with the vegetable oil. Gradually add the water until you have a stiff dough.

Take off a small lump of play dough and place to one side (for the white crosses). Then add some mixed spice to give it some colour and an authentic Hot Cross bun smell. I toyed with the idea of adding currants but decided against it this time.

play dough hot cross bunsMy 3 year old gathered some toy plates and a knife from her play kitchen and she sat down to make some play dough hot cross buns.
playing with play doughShe made small balls from the brown play dough then rolled out the white play dough to make the crosses which she placed on top.
play dough hot cross bunI think they look pretty realistic and they smell good too. I wonder what other seasonal sweet treats we could make with play dough?
play dough hot cross bun on plate

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    Amy Hunt
    March 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This is a great idea, I think you’d got to be very strong willed not to munch on that though, I can’t resist a good hot cross bun.

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    March 20, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    What a great idea, looks like you both had fun will have to try this with my son.


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    March 23, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    My kids love play dough! Great idea to add mixed spice to make it smell like hot cross buns!

    Thanks for sharing at the Easter Crafts and Games link up by Kidz Activities! I’ll be featuring this and sharing on Facebook/Pinterest!

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    Let kids be kids
    March 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

    They look great and I bet they smell yummy too. I think my kids would want to eat it though 😉
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    Multicultural Motherhood
    March 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    This is a great idea! We always make our own play dough and have made gingerbread play dough before but never thought to make hot cross buns. Great Easter activity.

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    March 25, 2015 at 11:06 pm

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    March 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    That’s a super cute idea, and provides many teaching opportunities from it as well.

    Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tutorials, I’ve pinned this on our group board.

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    8 Easter Activities for Preschoolers - Kidz Activities
    June 1, 2015 at 2:31 am

    […] Preschoolers can spend hours playing with play dough. Let them help make play dough to look and smell like hot cross buns. Find out how at The Gingerbread House. […]

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    Fashion and Frappes
    February 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    This is such a fun idea! I would have never thought of it!

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