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Coffee Grounds Playdough

I found this mixture hard to believe, but its great. What to do with the old coffee grounds can be a problem, unless you compost them. Here is a good recycling use for them and your kids will have a blast. There is no milk proteins or solids in this recipe so it is great for kids with milk allergies.


2 cups used, dry coffee grounds
˝ cup salt
1 ˝ cups of cornmeal, plain – not self-rising
warm water


1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.

2. Add enough warm water to moisten ingredients.

This dough has a very unique texture. Its great for rolling, patting, and pounding … which is great for little ones. Since you are using USED coffee grounds, there shouldn’t be any problem with staining. The cornmeal should absorb any remaining coffee coloring.

Little ones seem intrigued by how this feels on their hands vs. how store-bought play dough feels. Because you control the moisture content you can make this as dry or as damp as you would like.


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