Friday, October 2, 2009

Children's Creative Corner

I mentioned Monday I wanted to start having a weekly craft afternoon with Monkey (and Little Man when he's old enough, obviously!).

We started yesterday with an old recipe for play dough. I copied this from my mom's recipe box. She's had it since I was a kid, so I have no idea where it originated from.
I'd like to mention, I think she had more fun actually making it than playing with it afterwards.

You will need:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
4 tsp cream of tarter
2 tbs oil
1 tbs alum

Mix together.

Stir until no lumps.

Cook 3 minutes (I had it on medium heat), always stirring.

Pour onto wax paper.

Monkey deleted the picture I had. I was certain I had messed it up because it was still pretty juicy. It ended up sitting for about 15 minutes because Little Man needed to eat.

I sprinkled a bit of flour on it before kneading and this is what I got.

Then I added food coloring. This is what happens when you aren't careful about mixing it in well and touching the coloring with your bare hands. Oops!

This is what we ended up with.

She enjoyed making blue pizza (even tossing the dough like me!). And loved the Mickey Mouse heads. I currently have another sitting on my kitchen table!

Wrap your dough tightly in plastic wrap and it will last a while (I'll try to remember to tell you how long when I'm forced to toss it. haha).

Most importantly - HAVE FUN!


jamie said...

How fun! We love making playdough around here. I'll be giving your recipe a try!

TheMuscatoHansens said...

Oh! JUST thinking of doing that this weekend with the rain. Thanks for the recipe, now I don't have to search for mine somewhere around here! Cheers, Jenn (I'm an AM!)

Kelly said...

What a great idea. I remember this from my childhood. That is how old the recipe is. LOL

C said...

My mom always made play dough from scratch. It was much better to play with, lasted longer, and smelled better than the store bought play dough.


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