Rainy Morning and Play Dough {recipe}

Hello on this rainy and dreary day in northern Iowa. What is going on this winter? Rain in January? It’s crazy to me. Lots of schools around us have delayed or closed for the day. It was debated at our school, however, our homeschool day must go on! The students were not very happy about this decision. Neither was the teacher, really.

Unfortunately, this rainy weather also means my already extremely active 3-year-old is even more energetic. On days like today, I’m lucky if I can keep her entertained with one activity for more than a few minutes. Moms, I know you get it.

One of her favorite activities is play dough. I know this is one activity what will keep her seated at the table for little while. Now, the more you get to know me, the more you will see, I’m not a “run to the store and buy whatever” kind of girl (especially on a cold and rainy day). I’m a “lets make it ourselves” kind of girl. So of course, we made our own play dough today!

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Play Dough

Here is what you will need:
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
¼ cup salt
1 package unsweetened Kool Aid
1 Tbsp. oil
Food coloring (optional)

Here is what you need to do:
Mix all ingredients to a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Stir for 3-5 minutes. It will look like a mushy mess, but will form into a ball as you stir. Knead dough on a floured surface. (Yes, it’s a bit hot, so let it cool for a couple of minutes first.) Store in a zip top bag or air tight container in the refrigerator.

I love this play dough and it smells amazing thanks to the Kool Aid. The food coloring is optional but great if you wish to brighten or change the color. I will keep it about a month before throwing it out and making more.

Now, I need to know – what are some of your favorite activities to keep your toddlers entertained? I’m always on the search for new and exciting ideas.

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