Thursday, September 11, 2014

Playdoh Love

 Lucy loves playdoh!  Love might even be an understatement.  She can play with a single can of play-doh for 3 hours straight without stopping.  She loves to roll, cut, shape, and design.  She uses her toys to create elaborate plots and sets with the playdoh.  She watches YouTube videos on different playdoh sets and techniques.  She is a playdoh expert!!! 
I let the boys play with playdoh some but was always a bit reluctant due to the mess.  Lucy can have at it pretty much whenever.  Seeing her use her imagination and be creative makes me so happy.  When it is time to clean it up we wipe the table off and whatever is on the floor we let dry and then vacuum it right up.  It really is not a huge hassle to clean up. 
We were going through lots of actual Playdoh cans though.  So I thought it would be fun for her to help me make her some homemade playdoh.  She loved every step of the process and has enjoyed the homemade playdoh as much as store bought. 
 Homemade Playdoh
1 cup flour
1/2 c salt
2 TBS cream of tartar
1 TBS oil
1 cup boiling water
Mix dry ingredients first.
 We added the food coloring to the boiling water for easier mixing.  Lucy picked yellow!
 Continue to mix until a soft ball forms.
 I used gel food coloring which gives a more vibrant color.
 Let it cool a bit and then knead it until it is a nice smooth consistency.  Add more flour if too sticky.  It gets less sticky as it cools.  Lucy was able to do all of this part on her own and loved kneading the warm dough.

 It made a really good size amount of dough.  We give her a bit at a time and store the rest in a zip-lock baggie.  It has stayed very moist and she loves playing with it. 

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