Trying to keep all the Picklebums entertained on a day when it is either too hot or too wet to go outside (and we’ve had both since new years!) isn’t always easy. But sometimes I forget the joy of simple things…
It had been so long since we’d made playdough, and if I remember rightly that might have had something to do with Muski eating a large amount of play dough last time. Not to mention sticking it in some rather inconvenient places and the mess… ah yes the mess. But I am getting over myself when it comes to mess (I do have a fancy new vac these days and that helps) and well everyone is older and wiser and more annoying…. So we made playdough.
I went with the quick and easy microwave recipe –
Simple Microwave Playdough Recipe
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
4 table spoons of cream of tar tar
2 table spoons of oil
2 cups of water
colouring – food dye or paint.
Mix together all of the above ingredients and zap it in the microwave on a medium-high setting for about 2 minutes. Stir the mixture well and pop it back in for another minute. Check and stir it again, see how it is getting all doughy and cooked like? Pinch a bit between your fingers (careful – it’s hot) if it’s still sticky pop it back in for another 30 seconds and stir again. I usually find this is enough, but keep zapping and stirring until your dough is smooth and not sticky or wet. Allow to cool a little them dump it out for a quick knead.
This makes enough for my three to have a good lump each. Half this recipe is probably enough for two and more than enough for one. It’s not as lovely and smooth as the cooked on the stove dough, but it’s a lot less stirring. And don’t worry leave the microwave container to soak in some warm water and the horrible looking mess comes of quiet easily.
Even the big girls played for ages. See sometimes it is the old, tried and true simple things that are often the best!
For more great, simple, play ideas check out my Fun Stuff for Kids board on pinterest where you’ll find more ideas from me as well as the ideas I love from all over the web.