Homemade Playdoh


What do you you do when you wake up and the forecast for the day is 'frigid'? Stay in your pj's and make homemade playdoh, of course. The kids were really, really excited when I announced my idea, and they rushed to pull up chairs to "help" me. I've finally learned a trick when it comes to baking with kids - get everything ready before hand. What typically happens is that I have one or two helpers, and as I turn around to grab the eggs or whatnot, someone grabs a whole stick of butter and shoves it in their mouth. Or dumps a huge handful of salt into the cookie dough, all in the name of "helping". By measuring out the ingredients ahead of time, I can make sure my eyes are focused on one place, which reduces the number of kitchen disasters we may have.

I remember making playdoh with my mom when I was little, but I'm pretty sure this was the first time I've made it for my little family. I searched a few online recipes, and came up with this version:

3/4 cup salt
1.5-2 cups of water
2 cups of flour
1 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
food colouring

Because I wanted to make two colours, or rather because Soren and Poppy demanded I make two colours, I had to add the food colouring at the end which is a bit of a mess. I had the pot on the stovetop, but didn't need the heat at all. The ingredients came together quickly - before the stove had even heated up. Simply mix everything together, and add a little more water if the dough seems too dry.

I'm going to need to think up some more indoor activities as this cold spell is supposed to last all week. Really, all I want to be doing is watching the netflix hit Making a Murderer. I started it a couple days ago and can't wait to see what happens! When you have little kids, 'binge watching' doesn't really exist. Or if it does, it's at the expense of sleep which is never a good thing.

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