Archive for May 2nd, 2011

Making a run this morning to find a few tea cups to make a lamp (that will eventually get explained) I stumbled across this really cute kitchen set for my daughter.  No, not all the pieces are there, but still for $3.00 I think I can create something from our scraps box to fix her up proper for daughter to enjoy playing with.  I also grabbed these 4 pictures for $1.00, need a bit of work on the frame, but I really liked the country theme.

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The kiddies (alright and their mother too) love play-dough, using it for anything from pretend baking, to forming and drying for craft projects,  play-dough just spells hours of fun for them (and me).  As often our playtime and projects involve large quantities of the dough to cover things and create it can get expensive to purchase, also some children have unpleasant reactions to the gluten and artificial coloring used in store brands. Play-dough can be made very simply at home using all natural ingredients and even coloring. It takes as much effort to whip up a huge batch as it does a small container, and the cost is mere pennies.  Here is the process I use to make our own dough and one I recommend for you and your little ones to make your own dough.

Homemade Play-dough

2 cups water

1 cup salt

4 tsp cream of tartar

4 tbsp oil

2 cups flour (for gluten free dough use rice flour)

Food color/Tempura paints/ or natural colorings such as beet juice, spinach juice, carrot juice, blackberry juice, etc.

Combine water, salt, cream of tartar and food coloring in large saucepan.

Cook on low heat and stir, as the liquid heats slowly add oil and flour to form your dough.

Continue to heat and stir until the mixture in pot looks dry and pulls away from the pan.  Test by pinching between your fingers, when it is no longer sticky it is finished.

Dump out on counter and knead by hand until smooth.  Once cool enough to allow touch, let your little ones join in aiding in the kneading process, they love this part of the creation.

Store your dough in airtight containers or baggies.

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My son and daughter made this, in my opinion, very beautiful and creative wall hanging for me.  Sorry about the back wall,  he had it hidden in his closet to keep me from peaking.   It’s made from some scrapbook/card stock I had left over.  I absolutely love it and know just the wall to display it.  Boy I could not hug them enough.  Gifts like this mean so much more then anything that could be purchased.

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