Play Dough; Mom Recants Stance

Over a year ago I said it here, right here on this blog:  No More Playdoh!  Ever!  Ever.  Again.  I don’t even know how to spell it – playdoh? play dough? playdough?
But then awhile back it rained and rained and rained.  Paige was so bored and I was out of ideas.  So I got on-line (it continues to amaze how we can learn about anything and everything on-line!) and found a simple recipe.
It’s a stove top recipe.  Paige was mighty confused.  Since its banishment, playdoh was not even a household word.  She didn’t know what it was!  She thought I was making something to eat.

Mmmm…let me smell it.  Let me tasted it.  Salty snack!
Letting it cool was interesting.
Anticipation was high!
Ooooh…it’s so fun!  so moldable, not sticky!
And it’s all mine since all the kids are gone!
We rolled and rolled and rolled.
We cut it up into a million pieces.  I’m not kidding when I say she did this for over an hour without stopping.  Then Brynne came home and they played another hour!  Just goes to show that sometimes its wise to put things away and wise to bring them back when more “appropriate.”  As of now, it has not been mashed into bits into the carpet, floor, or trampoline.  It has not dried out and been scattered across the house.  The dog has not eaten it.  It’s played with and put back into its proper sealed baggie.
Are your kids ready again?  Are you?


Make Your Own Play-Dough

I love this Play-Dough Recipe because it’s super quick to make and provides hours of fun with the kids. I used to make a batch of this play-dough once a month in the classroom. I always chaged up the colors to match the season. Although 20 little hands stayed busy shaping and molding, the play-dough never dried out! Had enough of play-dough? TryBread and Glue Clay, or Gooey Goop.
Materials:



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • a few drops of food coloring (color of your choice) OR 1 package of unsweetened Kool-Aid

Directions:
1. Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
2. Cook over medium low heat, stirring intermittently, until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and becomes thick so it is difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat.
3. Let play-dough cool in the pan until it can be handled.
4. Turn play-dough out on counter or on wax paper and knead 3 – 4 times.
5.Play! Store in an air tight container.
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