As I’ve mentioned before, it is imperative that I keep my preschoolers busy in the mornings so that their older brothers can concentrate on their school work. And, of course, Jordan loves “projects.” So yesterday, Jordan, Joey, and I decided to make some play dough. This is a really easy recipe, and the finished play dough will last for several weeks if stored in a zippy bag. We used to make this every couple months or so before we moved. Here’s the ingredient list:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
food coloring for adding color
(Powdered kool-aid (the kind that doesn’t have sugar added yet) is also good for coloring, and gives it a nice fruity scent as well. I’ve only used it once, though…I’ve found that if your play dough smells like tropical punch and you have a 2-year-old, well, it’s likely to get eaten.)
Now at this point we actually had to start over. I realized I had brought the wrong size measuring spoon to the table for the next step, and while I was off correcting this error, my smallest little helper decided to dump the water in with everything else and make a mess. So after cleaning the pan and re-doing the first two steps…
Stir all the powdered ingredients together. It works best if you let each helper stir for exactly the same amount of time. Like down to the millisecond. Trust me…while it doesn’t matter in the least as far as the play dough is concerned, it’s best for sibling relations.
I added the 1 tablespoon of oil myself. While I appreciate a good mess as much as the next person, having my industrial-sized bottle of vegetable oil dumped out and dripping all over my dining room just didn’t seem very appealing at the time.