I have been trying really hard to be more intentional about spending productive time with my little miss.  She is growing so fast.  And I don't want to miss a phase.  I'll blink and she'll be grown.  I play with her as she wills often (dancing, doll babies, etc.).  I know all of those things are good and that she is learning through play but I also want to be discovering things with her, creating experiences for the two of us.  So last week I decided to introduce her to the wonderful world of play dough.  In an effort to make it more of an experience, we made some at home.  And, so she could also play with Daddy, we made it gluten free.

I found a really simple recipe here.  Only 3 ingredients and less than 10 minutes of work!  

Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 cup baking soda

3/4 cup water

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan until thoroughly combined (no lumps).  Place on medium heat and stir, constantly, for three - five minutes.  It will slowly thicken until it becomes a solid substance.  Once all of the liquid is gone, remove from pan and place on a surface to cool.  We used a plastic cutting board, but parchment paper or a silicon baking mat would be great too!  Once it is cool enough to touch, flatten it so that it has a chance to cool completely more quickly.  

Winter Twist - Once the play dough has completely cooled, add green food coloring (4-5 drops or more) and pine essential oil (3-4 drops).  These amounts can be adjusted to your preference.  Want a darker green?  Add more coloring.  Want a stronger scent?  Add more essential oil.  This made for a fun sensory experience.  She loved mixing in the color and kept smelling the play dough, saying "mmmm, yummy."

To store, place in an airtight container.  We stored ours in a regular old sandwich bag with a zip closure.

Surprisingly, she never once tried to eat it.  The one fall back was that the dough leaves a residue on your hands.  It easily washes off, but obviously, this isn't something you would deal with if you bought Play-Doh from the store. 

This was an excellent activity for the two of us.  She loved pouring the ingredients into the pan and helping me stir.  But her favorite part was using all of my cookie cutters in the dough.  She must have played for a half an hour.  Over and over again, "Ooooooh wow, yook at dat," as she held up her masterpiece.  Definitely a mom approved activity.  :)  

I can't wait to experiment with the possibilities.  The color and scent combinations are endless:

Christmas Theme: Red coloring and peppermint essential oil.

Spring Theme: Purple coloring and lavender essential oil.

Summer Theme: Yellow coloring and lemon essential oil.

 

Now go play!

 

Published by Bri Sherman