Chai Latte Play Dough

Chai Tea Latte Play Dough | Mama Papa Bubba

While fall may not be in the air here in the desert, that certainly doesn’t stop us from pretending.  One of my favourite things about fall back home in Canada {besides the crisp air, the colourful leaves, the scarves, layers, and boots}, is walking outdoors with my girl with a steaming hot chai latte in hand.  It’s the way we began many of our mornings during our most recent two years in Vancouver…  G would be bundled up in her stroller, I’d push her up the big hill on Fraser Street, we’d pop into Breka for my hot drink, and then make our way to a nearby playground where we’d stay for an hour or two. Ahhhh… Those were the days!

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With those memories in mind, this afternoon we created a new play dough recipe that is just perfect for fall…  Chai latte play dough!  It smells spicy and creamy and sweet and almost good enough to eat. {ALMOST – it’s still play dough and we all know that play dough almost never tastes good, despite how delicious it might smell.}

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To make our chai tea latte play dough, we stuck to our usual no-cook play dough recipe, but instead of boiling water, added strong boiling chai tea, plus a little bit of vanillin

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And cinnamon because Miss G said so.

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My little sous chef helped mix everything up and before long, it was ready to play with.

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Because I like to let her play with the real thing as much as possible, I set out a couple of big coffee mugs, a honey pot, and some cinnamon sticks alongside the play dough.

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Of course, she wanted to add to her play set-up too, so she retrieved her Green Toys tea set and a few cookie cutters too.

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Before long, we had our very own Breka right at our kitchen table!

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It’s just too bad the chai tea lattes didn’t quite taste the way I had remembered them. ☺


 Chai Latte Play Dough

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanillin {or other type of vanilla}
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of glycerine


  • 3/4 cup of boiling hot {strong-brewed} chai tea


Place the top set of ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Add the tea and give the mixture a quick mix, banging off your whisk every once and a while.  At this point, your mixture may seem too wet and sticky, but resist the urge to add more flour.  Leave the semi-mixed dough on the counter to cool.  When cooled for about 10 minutes, dump the mixture out and knead really well.  The dough’s texture will continue to improve as it cools and is kneaded.


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