If your house is anything like mine, you are always busy doing kid activities! From coloring to painting, to sensory activities, to reading and everything in between. A favorite (life saving) activity over here is play dough. Why life saving you ask? Well, because it keeps my girls entertained for loads of time.
Time to make dinner—how about play dough? Laundry day—how about play dough? Trying to squeeze in a workout DVD—play dough anyone?
The girls absolutely love it! And as long as MJ is sucking on her pacifier minimal play dough ends up in her mouth;) I try to cycle through the accessories so that the girls get to use different things each time. They love when forks, spoons and other kitchen utensils are up!
Another bonus to play dough fun time is that it is super easy to make! The recipe I have was given to me by my mom ( former preschool teacher) and it is the best best best! I am not kidding you, never has play dough been so smooth or easy to manipulate. The longevity of this recipe is outstanding. I made a double recipe just before Thanksgiving and it is still going strong! I only made a new batch because Liesel was begging for purple dough:) It is also nice knowing exactly what is in the dough in case one, two or…? pieces get into the girls mouths. Here is the recipe for the most-amazing-play dough-you-will-ever-get-your-hands-on!
1/2 cup Salt
2TB Cream of Tartar
Add any additional food coloring or spices for scents
Mix all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir until the dough pulls away from the sides. I usually add food coloring while ingredients are still fairly soupy. Once the dough is ready, knead it on a floured surface until it is smooth and ready to work with. I add any spices I want during the kneading process. A few of my favorites are: cloves, nutmeg, and ginger for a Thanksgiving scent, Peppermint extract for a Christmas scent, and vanilla extract for a fun twist. Get creative the kids love it!
Here are a few pictures of the girls exploring their new purple dough. Such excitement on a cloudy afternoon!