So, if you have stuffing to cook, yam to bake and and an apple pie to make, make some playdough with your kiddies first and you’ll be able to get all of you Thanksgiving trimmings ready without their needy cries holding you back.
Tips: I put an old table cloth on the floor for us to work on. Playing with the flour is part of the cool part for our kids and it won’t be nearly as fun for them (or us) if we are insanely worried that it will spill all over the kitchen. When we are done, I just bunch it up and shake it out outside – no mess at all :-)
This is our favorite (never fail) playdough recipe. I often double it up and keep half in the fridge.
* 3 cups of flour
* 1/2 cups of salt
* 2 tbs cream of Tartar
* 2 tbs vegetable oil
* 2 cups of boiling water
Add the flour, salt and cream of Tartar to a bowl and let your children play ‘snow’… ooooo, they love this game. The flour feels so wonderfully soft falling through their hands.
Cream of Tartar can be found with all the other spices at your local grocery store.
Next, add the oil and boiling water. The kids watch as I do this part. I always keep a little of the boiling water aside and add it if I feel like a the dough needs it… when the children have played ‘snow’ a little of the flour ends up outside the bowl and the dough might not need as much as 2 full cups of boiling water. Stir dough with a wooden spoon until it is cool enough to knead. As the dough cools with kneading, let your children kneed too… working with the warm dough is wonderfully soothing and pleasurable for them.
When the dough is well kneaded, it’s ready for playing with. If you would like to add some color to your playdough, now is the time to add a little food coloring.
We divided our dough into 4 and added 4 different colors.
We used a neon color set we found in our local grocery store… blue, yellow, pink and green.
Homemade playdough is such fun to play with, quite different from the store-bought kind. It smells wholesome and just feel so much more natural, really… you’ll be amazed.
We often fill a bowl with assorted beans and dried pasta to play with too.
Teddy’s little duck.
Kitty’s hedgehog that Teddy fell in love with.
Blessings and magic,