We made playdoh yesterday. I'm always amazed how fast it is to make. The slowest part is finding the ingredients in the cupboard. And, as an added bonus it's fun.
My three year old loved kneeding the warm dough right from the pan. We added some plant pigment dyes for a "yellow like the sun" color he requested.
We added some lavender essential oil to make it all smell good.
I've read about others adding cinnamon or all spice in the fall. I'm all for that, as long as they don't think it smells good enough to eat. You know what I mean?
This is the Playdoh Recipe we used:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of oil
1 cup of water
Combine first four ingredients in a pan on the stove. Add water and stir. Cook on medium heat, stirring the whole time, until it pulls away from the sides and forms a ball. Then remove it from the heat and kneed it. Add color and essential oil now.
At this point I handed the playdoh over to my little one and he was off to create, for three hours! Can you imagine that? I still wonder if I dreamt it.
The baby took her morning nap, my three year old served pizza, cookies, cakes, salad, all types of pasta and I knit. Yes, I knit. There were, I'm sure, soooo many things I needed to be doing but instead I knit.
Now, he liked to serve me food and my logic was that he wouldn't have done it for quite so long if I hadn't been present. Convenient? Yes, but I think we both needed that time outdoors today to enjoy the beautiful weather and have our hands in the dough or a pile of wool.
Yup, I highly recommend it.
***Check here with my delightful friend for a no-cook method. I may try that next time...as there is always a need for fresh playdoh!***