I have a terrible confession to make. You’ll think me an awful, neglectful Mother… dare I tell you?! Yes. Yes I should. Honesty is the best policy & all that… here goes;
Before today, I had never made Miss Punk play-dough.
She has played with ‘playdoh’ & even the handmade stuff at playgroup – but I had just not gotten around to making her some myself.
The massive bag of play-dough cutters I picked up from Le Oppy on Monday for $2 (…me thinks they might be Tupperware? Experts? I have had the good-fortune of not having to attend a Tupperware party in my entire adult life…) though spurred me on to finally get to it. I promised Punk I’d make some, in exchange for her not opening the bag of cutters & distributing them to mysterious places around the house before then.
It wasn’t hard. I made it before I cleaned the kitchen so that I didn’t have to clean up afterwards muttering about the mess being a good Mother makes. It was even…. fun…. & The Punk loved watching the process, choosing the colours & playing, contentedly, for longer than she has played with anything, ever, with the end result.
So, if like me, you have a deep, dark, brooding play-dough secret, I urge you to go make some & get it over with.
You’ll be glad. I promise.
I can vouch for this, from the book 365 TV-free Activities for Toddlers;
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- Food colouring
- Wooden spoon
- Plastic containers
With a wooden spoon, mix the flour, water, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan over a medium heat until thick. When it has cooled, add the oil and knead well on a floured board.
Divide into balls and add different colours….