Thursday, April 1, 2010

homemade play dough...and a good way to entertain all the kiddos

One of the challenges for me has been to carve out time with just the big girls. My time and energy is monopolized most of the day by 2 little guys (well - honestly the littlest one in our bunch). I have been trying to skip the nap for mommy when I put the boys down for rest and do something with the girls.

One afternoon, we decided to make some play dough. I have had this recipe for years and have never done it. Not sure why...just too busy, I guess. But when you are cocooning at home and looking for something to bring out all your ideas and try to keep the little ones entertained. This is a fun book with cool recipes for all your homemade goodies. Our next project will be homemade bubbles. I'll let you know how it turns out.
The girls often enjoy working in the kitchen with me and although this was fun, it wasn't quite as fun as making brownies or cupcakes and getting to lick the bowl clean.

I made a REALLY big batch and here is the recipe I used to make enough dough for all the kids to share.

4 cups boiling water
2 cups salt
4 cups all purpose flour
4 tablespoons alum
4 tablespoons veggie oil

Remove the boiling water from the stove and add the salt. In medium bowl mix the rest if the ingredients. Add the salted water and mix the dough. Add food coloring if desired. Kneed it by hand when it has cooled a bit.

Once the boys got up from their rest time, they got to play with it too. I just had to let them know we don't eat it. And as you can imagine around here, I act all of those concepts out to communicate to them what I need to get across.

I love how these kinds of activities bring all the kids together and allows them to bond and connect as siblings.
If you look closely, you will see little man Tate smiling (well, kind of a smile that says "watch out, I am a handful"). He is so fast it is hard to catch him smiling. Well, that and I am using my phone as a camera. I still haven't gotten back to taking the time to uploading real pictures. Good thing I can snap a shot and email it to myself. At least I am documenting our life here at home.


Anonymous said...

Cute kids!

I've made homemade playdoh with a different recipe for several years as VBS arts/crafts leader. The recipe I use uses cornstarch, salt and water. No alum. It's easy to work with and then can be left to dry and harden.

My kids love playdoh, silly putty, thinking putty, flubber.

Erlinda said...

Kris, you can use koolaid as the coloring & then it smells good too. My kids like the orange & lime smell the best.

Tiffany said...

Awww, love the last picture of the little guy smiling. It looks like you are all adjusting. I'd love to talk someday.

Karen said...

I love homemade play dough thanks for the reminder to make some :) I love seeing the boys with you all... I hope all is well. I think and pray for you all often ~

Annie said...

They all look like they are having a good time; your house is lovely.... your posts always exude such calm and peacefulness.

oneblessedmamma said...

THANK YOU!!! I bought Alum knowing that I needed it for some recipe, but then couldn't remember what I needed it for. Now I know!

Tim and Susan said...

So fun to see a Smile on Tate! We have made homemade play dough many times. My recipe is different and using cream of tartar. It's great and is better than store bought stuff I think!