Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thanks Mom!

Since playdough has been mentioned a couple times I thought I would provide my family's time honored recipe. I have eaten (age 2), played with (age 2+) and made this playdough through the years and it works great for every purpose.

1 cup white flour
1/4 cup salt
2 TB cream of tartar
Mix these ingredients in a medium pot.

1 cup water
2 tsp food coloring
1 TB oil

Cook this mixture over medium heat, constantly stirring for 3-5minutes.
It will look like a globby mess and you'll be sure it's not turning out, but it will.
Just Believe!When it forms a ball in the center of the pot, turn off and knead
on lightly floured service.
Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

Advice from my mother:
I found that kids love using cookie cutters with playdough. Toddlers are not
able to manipulate the playdough well enough to makeballs or snakes, but
they can push cookie cutters into the playdough mass.
I really love to hear advice and ideas from anyone and everyone who has something to share. If you think it's too long for just a comment, email me at n o c r y l d s (at) g m a i l . Sorry it's spelled all weird, I want to try to avoid those evil spammers. If I can, I'll be happy to post your email up on this blog. Every tip helps so please keep them coming!


Me again said...

I'll have to try this recipe. The one I've been using has a large amount of oil in it and as a result tends to feel oily. Also after about 6 months to a year it starts smelling funny.

Amber M said...

hi! wandered to your blog from mormon mommy wars. I've done nursery many times over the last 10 years and have recently handed the torch off to a new crew. They are really overwhelmed due to the 25 member class. :) So I'm sending them here for tips and commiseration! Ha!

About play dough, one thing toddlers love is to pound golf tees into big blobs of dough using plastic hammers. I've never had trouble with the pointy tees (with supervision). The builder-type kids just love it. The blobs end up looking like pincushions. :)