Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Preparing for the dog days of winter

When do kids outgrow their love of playdough? My three still enjoy the mushy fun of creating with its pliable goodness.

Today we made our winter stash of dough & it's already been loved to the max!

I never use the same recipe twice but it always turns out great. This is what went down in the EbyCafe today......

As always, the first step in any project is gathering supplies. Because playdough isn't meant to be ingested (when Mama isn't looking, at least), I use the cheapest ingredients possible. For playdough you'll need flour, salt, cream of tartar (or alum) and Kool-Aid.

Ezra was so excited to get started, he skipped the end of a cartoon. Unheard of! They all chose their own colors & Z wanted blue.

Kaiya chose purple....

....and Simone loved the red, red, red!

Step one: Combine dry ingredients.
1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tsp cream of tartar (for lasting power)

2 packets Kool-Aid

Mix it all together and.... (this is where the photos took a break because of some chaos in the EbyCafe. Only about 5 people read this blog anyway, though, so it really doesn't matter. Haha!).....

Step Two: Put dry ingredients in a pot on the stove. Add 1 cup water & 2 Tbs oil & mix until thick which is only about 2-3 minutes.

Step Three:  Once it's an acceptable consistency, plop it on some wax paper to cool and then knead until smooth. As you can see in the below photo, Z's "blue" playdough turned out red because the flavor was tropical punch. Oops! Thankfully he's ok with it.

Kaiya's purple is a lovely shade of gray but she didn't care either. *phew*

Simone's turned out a shade of pink-ish red which is just what she was hoping for.

And here are the final colors, close up. 

It took about 2 minutes for them to pull out the playdough mats & toys & start creating!

And me? I was left with the dishes.

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