Friday, September 23, 2016

Homemade Playdoh

My two biggest kids are in a homeschool enrichment program on Friday.  All day Friday.  Every Friday.  It's a very strange thing for me, you know?  I've never spent much time away from any of my kids.  So this is new.  But it's also good.

Anyway, so my big kids are gone today, and the smallest boy is napping.  What to do with the middle two?  Normally, I get caught up on house work, and they seem to enjoy the time that they get to play their games and not just the ones the big kids tell them to play.  So it works.  But today we needed just a little something more.

So we made playdoh.

As a rule, I don't like playdoh.  It's messy.  It dries out.  It's messy.  And they always mix the colors, so it's not even pretty.  Did I mention it's messy?

But these two.  Sometimes I feel as if they don't get to experience the fun mom that used to be. (Not sure I was ever really fun, but you know what I mean, I hope.)  Don't get me wrong, they get plenty of experiences the older two never got, simply because they have older siblings.  The learn faster, they are more well rounded.  Their older siblings have been HUGE blessings to them.  But still.  I realized I have never made homemade playdoh with them. (Or really allowed them to play with it much at all.  Ahem.)  So we did it.

If you have never made playdoh, here's my oh-so-easy tutorial.

First, put on an apron, to make you feel productive.  Next, get out a saucepan while the littles pull up a chair to watch.  Dump 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon oil (I used canola), 1/2 cup salt, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar (important for keeping the dough fresh for about six months), and food coloring.  Warm it all up on the stove while stirring.

When it's warm, take it off the heat and dump in 1 cup of flour.  Mix it in the pan until it comes together, and then dump it on parchment paper on the counter.  It will be hot.

This is the fun part.  Knead it by hand.  Yes it will be hot.  But it will be fun, and will help to take away all the anxiety from the morning.  Think of it as therapy dough.  Pound it, push it, knead it.

Soon it will come together nicely and you can form it into a ball and store it in a ziplock bag.

 But first, pull out a plastic tablecloth that has been designated for such messy projects, and let them have at it. 
Your kids will thank you, you will feel as if you accomplished something, and you can now sit guilt free on your couch and read, or stitch, or write out blog posts no one really cares about.  :)

Happy kneading! 


Kate said...

Too cute! And I care about your blog posts!!!!!! ;)


Tori said...

I agree about Playdoh... they love it sooooo much but I cringe just thinking about taking it out. I've never done homemade, we need to try it sometime.