I remember going to my Great Grandma Thom’s house during the summer months and staying for weeks at a time. We had so many modern conveniences at home, but going to her house was like escaping all of them. No cable, no internet, no electronics other than her tiny TV and radio. She lived on a lake and had a huge sprawling yard with beautiful gardens both of flowers and vegetables. There was always so many things to do and so many adventures to be had. One memory I have at her house, is being simply amazed when she whipped up a batch of play dough.
What? Don’t you have to buy that in the store? Doesn’t it come in those little yellow tubs?
I seriously thought she was a magician!
And I got a similar response when I told Alea that I was going to be making homemade play dough. She immediately ran to her play room and got out her actual store-bought Play-Doh and started playing at the kitchen table with it. I just giggled to myself as I kneaded the dough and smiled from ear to ear when I plopped the real stuff down in front of her.
1. 2 cups of flour
2. 1/2 cup of sea salt
3. 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
4. 10-12 drops lavender essential oil
5. 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
6. 1 1/2 cups boiling water
7. Blue + red food coloring (optional)
1. Boil 1/2 cups of water and add 4 drops of red food coloring and 4 drops of blue food coloring to the water.
2. Mix flour, sea salt, cream of tartar, essential oils, and vegetable oil together.
3. Slowly add boiling water to mixture while you mix.
4. Kneed the dough for 3 minutes until all of the flour is combined.
5. Time to play!
I’m pretty sure she thought I was a magician– just like my great grandma! I guess it runs in the family! I added a little something extra to the classic recipe and tossed in some lavender essential oil. After being out of school for two days in a row for a snow day, I figured we could both use a little bit of that calming scent! You mama’s know exactly what I mean!
Have you ever made homemade play dough?