There seems to have been a mix-up with our weather. We requested Spring but Mother Nature sent us more Winter. So much Winter, in fact, that the kids were sent home early from school. Since their bikes are buried under all the snow, we resorted to making play dough to keep busy. Lily mixed up a batch using our favorite recipe from an Early Childhood Family Education class that Andrew and I took years ago.
It’s really cool how the dough forms into a ball as it cooks. I like the cooked play dough method because the dough is nice and warm when you hand it over to be kneaded.
There’s something very relaxing about squeezing and shaping play dough. Lily seems to be offering Will some advice. She did do all the work, after all.
Cooked Play Dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
a few drops of food coloring or tempera paint
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Knead with hands until smooth and keep tightly covered.