In the last couple of months Play dough has saved my sanity.
Sam and Luke will play with it for up to an hour some days. Usually at least 20 or 30 minutes. That means some nice quiet free time for mom to get something done or slip away for a break.
Yes, it’s messy and playdoh bits end up all over the floor. But, if you let it dry out a bit then it easily sweeps up. And for 30 minutes of peace and quiet play time…I’ll take the mess.
We use cookie cutters and this play dough set from Melissa and Doug to play. We keep the play dough in a zip lock bag and keep all of this together in a shoebox size plastic tub with lid.
I’ve been making a lot of play dough lately. First for the boys just to keep busy, then for my kids at church and then green sparkly play dough for Luke to take to school for St Patrick's day (you may have seen it on Instagram)
This is my favorite recipe:
2 cups flour
1/2 c salt
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 c water
2 Tb oil
Food coloring or Koolaid packet
Boil the water in the microwave or on the stovetop. While water comes to a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl (flour, salt, cream of tartar). Drop in the food coloring or mix in the koolaid packet. Pour in the oil and the boiling water and mix it up with a spoon. Mix it as much as you can with a spoon and then take it out of the bowl and knead it to mix it up the rest of the way. You can let it cool down a bit before kneading it, but I usually just get it all done even when it's hot.
Then let it cool and the kids can play with it immediately or you can put it in the ziplock bag as soon as you are done kneading it to store it for later.
I usually use koolaid packets to color it (even the generic brands work) because they give the play dough great color and a yummy smell. I did, however use food coloring to make Luke's green sparkly play dough because I didn't have any green koolaid packets and it worked great, too.