Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Indoor Fun: Playdough recipe

Some places have rainy days. Some have snow days or storm days. Here in central California, we have "Bad Air Days." Most of the time, I don't worry about it too much, and we go out if we need to. But who wants to go out when it's 107 outside with 40 percent humidity, and the sunlight is orange from all the smoke in the sky? We can see all too clearly the far-reaching effects of all the recent fires around the state.

So, we watch more movies and read more books in July (and January, actually) than any other time of the year. Last week it was time to make some new playdough, too. I hadn't made any in months because of my mixer being out of sorts.

The bug parts came as a kit from Insectlore.com a few Christmases ago. I'm not sure if they still have them or not, but they have been a favorite around here for a long time.

Here's my recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 packets favorite color of Koolaid
1 Tbs Cream of tartar
3 Tbs cooking oil
1 1/4 cups very hot water

Boil some water. Mix dry ingredients. Add oil. Add water. Mix until dough peels away from sides or is cool enough to knead by hand. Keeps for a month in a Ziploc if put away immediately after playing.

What's your favorite indoor activity to set up for the kids?


~Bobbi~ said...

How cute! The Insectlore actually has alot of that stuff on clearance right now if you go there in person. We need to get some more ladybugs one day this week. Your tomatoes look so tasty. Yeah Jackie Blackie and her eggs!

Band of Brothers said...

um, i thought about this question for days and couldn't think of anything great. how sad am I! someone help me.

usually the boys entertain me!

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

LOL. My boys usually entertain me, too. :)

Jena said...

how fun! Love those bugs! They didn't have those when my kids were little. OK, now I sound old. And love the dough recipe. We'll have to try that. You're never too old for Playdough.

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