It does make you get creative, though! We pulled out the old puzzles, the kids built a fort, I cleaned it up, we played games, I cleaned them up, and we even fished out the old Playdoh. It has probably been over a year since the boys have had a Playdoh fix, and the current stash was starting to look kind of… manky. So back to the recipe book we went, and whipped up a new batch. We threw a few drops of Peppermint Essence into the mix, which is supposed to make it last longer. It does last for ages and it sure makes my boys smell lovely. 🙂
Print this recipe off and pop it in your cupboard for the next time you’re desperate to entertain the kids. It doesn’t need cooking, so except for pouring in the boiling water, the kids can even help you make it!
What’s your fail-safe rainy day activity?
- 2 cups plain flour, sifted
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tbspn cream of tartar, sifted
- 2 tbspn cooking oil
- food colouring
- 2 cups of boiling water
- a splash of peppermint essence (optional)
Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon. When it comes together take it out of the bowl and knead until it looks like, um… Playdoh. Careful, it will be quite warm at this point, so make sure the kids only help when it cools.
If you want more than one colour, divide uncoloured mixed dough into portions and work in a different food colouring to each one. I’ve even seen people put glitter in, but I’ll leave that for when my kids are over at YOUR house… 😉