Thursday, December 8, 2011

Perfect for a rainy day

This is what it looked like yesterday outside our back door. This is what is has looked like for the last couple of days.  Come to think about it, this is what it has looked like half the time we have been here! Lots of clouds and rain. But, there is something cozy and comforting about cloudy days and being stuck in doors...if your kids having something to do.

So, we made some homemade play dough yesterday. I have made it before with okay results. This was a new recipe and it worked fantastic! They played for hours. I had to make them put it up last night after church. Some are already opening theirs this morning. It was great. I have a feeling it is what they will be doing a lot today. From Maleah on up to Madison, it was a success. Pretending they were creating cupcakes for a cupcake challenge helped keep the entertainment going. It is soft and squishy, just like play dough from the store. I would recommend buying cheap flour and salt before making this. Not your good stuff. Like we did.
I mean, you are not going to eat. I hope.

Mallory, Joshua, and Stephen mixing it up. The others did their own as well.

Working on their masterpieces

Just a few of the finished products

Homemade Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. vegetable oil ( I used peanut and it worked fine)
food coloring (4 drops to as many as you need to get it the color you are looking for)

Put all the ingredients into a medium pot and give a good stir making sure it is all incorporated. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it forms a ball. As soon as the ball is formed, remove from heat and dump onto counter or wax paper. Wait for it to cool and then knead until nice and soft. I noticed that the color deepened after we kneaded it. We made 6 different colors.

Hope you give it a try.

Thankful for inexpensive entertainment on a day we all have to stay inside,


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