My littlest guy reminded me of something this past weekend. Something it seems I'd forgotten.
Yes, simple homemade play dough. The easiest thing in the world to make. Simple Joys.
I'd made play dough many times before this. I even spoke of it here. You would think I'd remember this bit of fun.
So, my guy had been asking for new play dough, blueberry colored play dough, to be made since Saturday. I suspect the prompt came because the other yellow play dough we had was way past it's prime. As in, completely caked and dried to every play dough utensil we own.
My excuses were running wild. I kept saying things like, "Okay honey, tomorrow." Or "I'm not sure I have enough salt, I'll have to check." Or "Not now it's bedtime!"
Truthfully, I'd forgotten how easy it is. really easy. Yet, the happiness yield is GREAT!
After lunch today he cornered me next to the apples and the onions. He kept saying, "Mommy, PLEEEAASSSSEEEEEEEEE." You know subtle hints. If I'm honest, I may have considered another excuse to sling his way but the scene was too hilarious.
Since you're looking at the pictures you know how this story turns out. Though the scene in the kitchen included an energetic four year old and his little sister the parrot jumping up and down yelling, "Mommy, please. Mommy please. Mommy, please!" Pretty funny.
Two hours they played. Two hours. They owned a bakery sold delicious treats like cookies and muffins and pasta and pizza. I know because I sampled a few.
At one point my little guy said, "Mommy you're fun." Enough said little man. High praise indeed! I'll make you play dough anytime.
Here is a tried and true recipe from my childhood...oh, and I doubled the recipe.
Homemade Play Dough::
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cups of water
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of oil
Essential oil...we used lavender.
Put the top five ingredients in a pot on the stove on medium heat. Stir until it forms into a ball. Throw it onto the counter and add the coloring and essential oil. I kneaded the dough a bit before handing it off to the little ones. They loved kneading the warm dough that smelled of lavender. yum.
Then, play for hours.
Store in an airtight container when finished playing otherwise you end up with a hard ball of dough and that's not fun to play with at all.
Here's to another week. Fall must be on it's way right? It simply must be. It is October 1st for goodness sake.
What are you working on today?