When I got married seven years ago, one of the most precious gifts I received was a collection of recipes from both sides of our families. In the back of this treasured recipe collection my mom wrote out her trusty recipe for Play-Doh (and you know it's the real deal because she's a preschool teacher!). She left this note along with the recipe...
"I'm sorry but I have to think of the grandkids" - Mom
Well, Ma, thanks for the recipe. Today I'm sharing it with the world.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 t cream of tartar
2 packages of Kool Aid (don't use purple, it turns grey)
1 T oil
1 cup water
Cook all ingredients over medium heat until it forms a ball (5-10 minutes). That's it!
You can enhance the colors by using food coloring if you like. My mom does (I always seem to forget) and her Play-Doh is fantastically bright. I love that the Kool-Aid makes the Play-Doh smell amazing!
Junebug and I have had hours of fun over the past few weeks playing with Play-Doh. I think of it as stress relief for the two of us. Afternoons tend to be the time where Junebug and I butt heads the most--but if we sit down with some Play-Doh, the tension eases. My gal pal Suzanne dropped by after work a few weeks ago and ended up sitting down with a handful of Play-Doh--so it's totally stress relief for big people, too!
We like to press shells into the dough and make "fossils" and cookie cutters are an excellent way to learn shapes. I bought the cuh-yoot alligator rolling pin at Target for $3.99. They don't have it online (unfortunately) but it is still available in the baking supply section of the stores.
I think a pretty jar of homemade Play-Doh and a lovely tot-sized rolling pin would be an excellent gift idea for a little one. Agree?
If you want more fun ideas for kiddos, check out my "Fun For the Kiddo" Pinboard.