Well.... we all know how often our little ones want a play mate! I will be the first to admit, playing Barbies or make believe is not my favorite past time, HOWEVER, there are some activities that the kid in me really still enjoys! I still LOVE to read, color, do crafts or PLAY PLAYDOUGH! So when one of my youngsters approaches me with that playful gleam in their eye... I quickly suggest one of the above activities.
Over the years, I have made many batches of homemade playdough. I love it because it is quick, easy and very inexpensive. Best of all, you can make any scent or color you choose. There are a zillion recipes out there!!
This is one of my favorites as a base playdough. I add different scents and colors for different times of the year. Today, we made a batch of Pumpkin Spice playdough. Here is the quick and easy recipe to whip it together. You may have a lot OR all of these ingredients already!
*1 cup of flour
*1/2 cup salt
*2 tsp cream of tartar
*1 cup of water
*2 TBS vegetable oil
Now... for pumpkin spice scent I add.....
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 tsp nutmeg
*and if you really want a stronger cinnamon scent you can add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil!
*3 drops of yellow food coloring and 2 drops of red food coloring
Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and mix over medium heat. Stir continuously. As you stir and the mixture heats up, it will begin to bind together and form the playdough. Keep stirring until it is completely bound in a big ball. Shut off the heat and dump the playdough out. IT WILL BE HOT! As it cools, knead the dough until the stickiness and tackiness is gone!
You are now.... READY TO PLAY!
A few years back I found a HUGE box of cookie cutters at a Goodwill for $3! It had cutters for every season. I take the ones out for each season to Audree or other children to play with! She loves to play with the dough in her play kitchen as well!
If it gives me 5 minutes of peace.. it is a GOOD thing!!! LOL
I hope this little idea give you some peace as well!!!
Peace and Blessings