Saturday, June 30, 2012

Old Fashion Root Beer Float Playdough

We recently had the pleasure of serving as Camp Counselors at Design Dazzles Summer Camp  this year! In case you want to check out all the cool summer camp ideas Just click right here.

In the mean time, we are going to share with you our contribution.

Some of our best summer childhood memories of summer included root beer floats and playing with playdough. 
Wanting to create similar memories for our children we gave it a little modern twist!

The root beer float playdough recipe is a simple, no cook recipe perfect for little ones and big ones to help out with from start to finish. Aside from the fun factor of playing with the root beer float playdough, there is a little science lesson in the making.

This root beer float playdough smells good enough to eat!
But please don't!

Old Fashion Root Beer Float Playdough Recipe

2 cups plain all purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups boiling water
4 drops of glycerin for increased shine and stretch
                                        1-2 tablespoons Root Beer extract{found ours at Walmart}

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
Stir in the vegetable oil
Mix together
Stir in the boiling water (adult only) and Root Beer extract mix until combined
When it has cooled a little, knead it on a clean surface until it loses all stickiness and becomes smooth and stretchy. No residue should come off on your fingers. If it is still sticky add a little more flour, if too dry and crumbly add more water, a tablespoon at a time.
Store in airtight container up to 3 weeks.

This is what the Root Beer extract we used looks like.

Time to start making some summertime old fashion root beer floats! First pour in some good old fashion root beer. To give the look of root beer in the glass we took a natural fiber coffee filter and placed it in the bottom of the glass with the ruffled part facing up.

Dig in their and get yourself a nice scoop of that root beer ice cream, oh yeah, playdough!

Now place it in your float glass. Although we choose to use real glasses for older kids, little ones can have fun too with this. Just use plastic ware.

Keep your root beer playdough fresh in clear plastic food containers like these we found at dollar tree.

Did someone ask for a spoon and a cherry on top?! For the cherry we used a little red pom pom craft embellishment.

Almost ready to serve and enjoy!

And here you go! We found these great ice cream printables for free from 

Set up a little ice cream parlor this summer and let the kids have some fun imaginary play!

There is such a sensory learning experience with playdough, especially when you make it root beer!

The soft, cool, squeezable playdough is relaxing and works the muscles of the hands, arms and gives the fingers some exercise too.

And when playtime is done for the day....

Surprise everyone with a "real" old fashion root beer float party!

We hope we have inspired you to get creative this summer!
Thank you Design Dazzle for having us!

He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches,
And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.
Proverbs 22:16

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  1. We still love Root beer floats around here and the play-dough must be the best to play with! :) Thanks for sharing!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  2. This will have to wait until I'm sure the little ones won't eat it! LOL super cute

  3. Cute, cute, cute!!! And brilliant! Love how playful you were with this idea. :)
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

  4. I haven't seen root beer extract. I'm afraid I'd be too tempted to eat it.

  5. Absolutely adorable! This would make a great family gift...rootbeer for drinking and rootbeer play-doh for the kids.

  6. Oh-so-awesome! I am going to be looking for rootbeer extract asap! Drooling just thinking about it!

  7. What a cute idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow, I love the smell of root beer. I'd want to eat it for real.

  9. A really fun idea. I would be tempted to eat it myself! Love a root beer float!

  10. This really is such a cute idea!! Love the smell of root beer in the summertime!! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! :) -The Sisters

  11. I think this is an awesome idea! My kids love playdough, I need to try this version. I'd love for you to share this at my link party on Tuesday.

  12. Adorable! You did a fabulous job and I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this today! Stop by and check it out!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing with us on Someday Crafts! I am featuring your project today on our blog at 6pn EST. Please stop back in and grab a featured at Someday Crafts button for your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. A-dorable!! Love it! I don't know if I'm patient enough to wait until I can pick up root beer extract from the store. So cute - thanks for sharing!

  15. Too fun! Featuring you tonight at Mom On Timeout - thanks for sharing!

  16. Absolutely ADORABLE!!! please come on over and share with the mamas at the Hearts&Homes link party, open every Tues - Sunday at

  17. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

  18. LOVE this but we made it without glycerin because I can't seem to find any!