This past week my little guy took an interest in arts and crafts (especially drawing on walls and floors). So in an effort to embrace and encourage this, I made him some playdough.
Since it was minus a million outside, I didn’t want to go buy Playdough and after a quick Google search, I quickly realized that I didn’t have the necessary ingredients to make this squishy delight. So I improvised and the results were fantastic!
Here’s what I used:
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 cup of salt
3 tsp lemon juice
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup of water
food colouring to your satisfaction
Making it was a breeze!
First I stirred all the ingredients except the food colouring in a plastic bowl.
Then I poured about a third of the mixture into a small sauce pan on medium heat and stirred until it started to thicken.
Then I added food colouring and continued to stir until it was a doughy consistency.
I scooped up the dough in a big bloob and put it on some wax paper to cool. I rinsed out the pot and then added a third of the mixture and repeated the process with a different colour. I rinsed that out and added the final bit of the mixture to the pot and made the final colour. (If you want more colours, just add less mixture each time)
After it cooled, we played with it for a little while and then I put it in an air tight plastic container. We’ve taken it out to play with many times throughout the week and it’s still squishy soft!
An easy, frugal, fun activity!