With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Making Modeling Playdough

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Making Modeling Playdough

When we all moved into our new homes on our street, way back in the mid-1980's, a neighbor was selling Discovery Toys. She gave out a wonderful recipe for making play dough at home.
I have made it countless times because it is easy and because it is the softest and fun-to-play-with play dough. Making another batch was on the agenda this week while Cambrie and Chloe are staying.

 Cambrie made a batch of both blue and green
Chloe made (dark) pink playdough.

CAUTION NOTE:  Once on the stove and the pan begins getting hot, the dough comes together and thickens quickly requiring stronger stirring, far too dangerous for little helpers.
Modeling Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon oil
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
food coloring

Mix all  ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and becomes doughy in consistency. Knead until cool. Model different colors of clay into any shape you can imagine. Keep sealed in containers or plastic bags when not playing.

Note: Not edible. Can be used over and over again. Keeps 3 months un-refrigerated
Lots of activities keeps their little hearts and minds occupied and not thinking about missing Mommy and Daddy. Our days are filled with bubble baths, tooth brushing, dress-up, stacking dolls, coloring books, walks with Raider, pancake breakfasts, playdough playing, tyke-riding through the house, library visiting, puzzles, block building, Chick-fil-A lunch with friends, book reading, story telling and dying eggs (Cambrie's request).
I bought a box cake the other day because I thought it looked so pretty in yellow and pink.
It was delicious! I frosted it with cream cheese frosting and Cambrie added some sprinkles.  
Oh, and you do know, grandchildren are allowed to eat their cake at the same time as their peanut butter and jelly sandwich, all while playing with blocks at lunchtime when they are staying at Mom-Mom's house. Because, sometimes, grandparents just have to spoil their little sweethearts! 
Each morning the girls rush to the fridge to add a sticker to a chart and count the days left until Mommy and Daddy get home. There were some tears the first day from the older sister but now, only an occasional, "I miss Mommy". We send text photos back and forth and the girls find comfort in seeing their parents.
 Tomorrow we are getting together with my sister and her granddaughter then a baking project on Friday followed by an outing with Aunt Erin on Saturday.

Then, a day of rest for this Mom-Mom on Sunday :)


creativityandfamily said...

How lovely. Yes spoil them for sure, they are little for such a short time. Playdough!! well that brings back memories, it ti the same recipe I used with my two. Its been a couple of years now since Josh has payed with dough :( x

Susan said...

The clay recipe is a gem, LDH. So fun! Will try it with my grandbaby.

The girls must be having a fabulous time. You are creating memories. Susan

marie said...

Looks like they (and you) are having great fun!
Love the sticker idea, and thank you for sharing the playdough recipe. I can't wait to give it a try!!

Debbie Petras said...

How fun! I love the sticker chart idea which helps the little ones when they are missing mom and dad. I will use this play dough recipe for sure. Thanks.

Blessings and love,

EMMA said...

We use a very similar recipe but our colors never come out so vivid.
Looks like you are having a lot of fun.
I made the turkey crock pot recipe that you posted a few days ago for dinner tonight and it was amazing (and there's some left for lunch tomorrow!)

Patty Marker said...

I am so glad you posted this. I made i one time with a recipe I found online and it lasted a good long time but when I made it again (using a different recipe because I couldn't find the first) it was rubbery and got moldy. It looks like mom-mom is going to need Monday to rest as well!

Ann Thompson said...

You've got a full schedule of events going on there. Sounds like lots of fun. I would be in serious need of a nap by now...lol

Preeti said...

You are a doting grandmother. You make their days full of excitement and eventful :) I am sure they are going to miss all this fun when they go back with their parents.

Tori Leslie said...

Such cuties!! How blessed you are! I miss having little ones around, guess I'll have to wait for grands!

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a colorful and creative idea! I know my grandchildren would love spending time with this dough. You share the best ideas! I have been thinking about you this week, and I know your grandchildren will feel sad when they have to say good bye.

lindsey said...

Such great photos Lorraine, I have used this same recipe for dough since my children were small, through my days teaching early years and now with the grandchildren. Your colours are lovely and bright, I need to look for better food colouring that=n I use.


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