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.
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 4 tbsp of cream of tar tar
- 2 tbsp of oil
- 2 cups of water
- colouring – food dye or paint.
- In a large microwave safe container mix all the ingredients together.
- Zap it in the microwave on a medium/high setting for around 2 minutes.
- Stir the mixture well and pop it back in for another minute.
- Check to see if the mixture is starting to come together to form a dough.
- When you notice the dough coming together mix it together well, then pinch a bit between your fingers (careful – it’s hot) if it’s still sticky, stir it again and pop in back in for another 30 seconds.
- 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 washes off easily.
Even the big girls played for ages. See sometimes it is the old, tried and true simple things that are often the best!