Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cabin Fever

It is official. Little honey is going crazy being inside! School was cancelled last week because of the snow and below Zero temp. We can't go outside for longer than a few minutes. So we were a litte bored last week.

Nana had brought a High Five magazine to little honey (the preschool version of Highlights magazine if you didn't know).
We were reading it and found a recipe for Sweet-Smelling Play Dough. Little honey was excited to try it out. He love to play with play dough at school and he loves to cook with me so it was a win - win situation.
I have never made homemade playdough before. I had read about it and the recipes sounded easy - but had never ventured out to try it. It was pretty easy!
I'm sure you are wondering why it was called Sweet-Smelling. Well they added a pack of Kool-aid to the recipe.
Here it is -

Sweet-Smelling Play Dough

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 package of unsweetened drink mix
  • 2 tablespoons of Vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of cream of tarter

Kids can help with this - Mix together water, drink mix, and veg. oil in bowl. In sauce pan mix flour, salt and cream of tarter.Slowly add the liquid to the dry mix in the pan.
Adult - Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it looks like mashed potatoes. Remove the dough from the pot to cool.

When the dough is cool, knead it until it is smooth. This sweet-smelling dough will last a long time if you store it in an airtight container.


Well Little honey wanted yellow play dough and we did not have any lemonade kool-aid mix! I did find little lemonade packet that you add to water bottles. I put in 2 of those instead of kool-aid. Worked great for the smell. But it wasn't as yellow as little honey wanted so we added Yellow food coloring too!
Also it took about 3-4 hours for our playdough to harden up after it cooled. Maybe I didn't cook it enough? I dunno but it is great now!




The next day Little honey informed me that we don't have the right play dough tools to use! So off we went to Target! I remember before Christmas they had some kids kitchen utensils in the dollar bins and was hoping they were still there. NO.
Back to the toy section we went to see if Play-Doh had any tools. They have tons and they are expensive! Luckily little honey had money from Aunt A. to buy a Christmas gift. We spent about 20 minutes trying to decide which Play-Doh set he wanted. Of course it was the Pop corn set that doesn't have any extra tools in in. Just the snack and popcorn machine!

I also picked up a storage container to hold it all in. Little honey carried it around the whole store by himself!

The set came with Play-Doh so little honey has pushed the homemade version aside for now!! Go figure! I will have to make some other colors and maybe he will enjoy it again.

Have Fun trying this out!

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