With the weather turned colder, we are definitely finding ourselves indoors much of the time. My kids are really great at imaginative and creative play, but I do still hear my fair share of "I'm bored, what can I do?" It always feels cozy to hunker down this time of year and focus on home and family.
One of our favorite go-to boredom busters is making homemade playdough! Little hands love to help make it, and its really quick and easy. I've tried plenty of recipes over the years, adding in colors and scents, but this recipe is the one I always come back to! I almost always have all the ingredients on hand, and it stays the softest of all the kinds we've tried (nothing is worse than crumbly playdough, and I right?!)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons oil
2 cups water
*optional: chunky glitter!*
In a medium saucepan, mix together all the ingredients except for the food coloring.
Cook over medium heat, stiring continuously. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring (4-5 drops will do, adjust to your color preference).
Stir until the dough is pliable and no longer wet. *Overcooking will result in dry playdough.* Remove playdough from the pan and place on wax paper to cool.
If you're adding in glitter, sprinkle some in and knead the playdough. Continue to add in glitter until you are satisfied with the sparkle ratio. I prefer to use chunkier glitter (I found ours in the Target dollar spot), and it sticks better and doesn't leave a mess behind. Gather up any cookie cutters and kitchen utensils you can find, play and enjoy!
Store in a sealed Ziploc bag or airtight container. We leave ours out and it stays good for several weeks. It can be stored in the fridge too!
That's it! Easy peasy! Wishing you cozy days and creative play ahead!