Play Dough and Bubbles

And now for something completely different, as they say. Before play dough was commercially manufactured and sold in stores, people made their own. Some of us continue to make their own regardless, as it’s easy to make, pleasantly soft and pliable, and, not only that, it smells great!

If you have kids of any age, whip up a batch of this dough and put it on the kitchen table with plenty of cookie cutters, rolling pins, and a few butter spreaders as cutting tools. You might be surprised at the reaction of your older kids. It’s a perfect activity for a quiet afternoon at home.

Play Dough
3 c boiling water
3 c white flour
1 c salt
3 T cream of tartar
1/4 – 1/3 c vegetable oil
Optional: 1 t peppermint extract (or any extract of choice), as well as several drops of food coloring in the color of your choice

  1. Pour the 3 c boiling water into a large mixing bowl and quickly stir in the remaining ingredients, mixing thoroughly until the dough is smooth and pliable. Use it immediately or store in an airtight container like a tupperware bowl with a tight-fitting lid, or a ziplock bag.

As long as we’re into play day activities, try this recipe for Bubbles. It’s a fantastic solution that makes sturdy, relatively long-lived bubbles. Whether you’ve got those little bottles with the hand-held wands, or you’re planning to try the string method of making enormous bubbles, this recipe will do it for you. It makes a lot so get a huge storage container and you may never have to make it again.

2 1/2 gallons water
1 quart Dawn dish soap
1 c glycerin
Optional: several drops of food coloring in the color of your choice

Combine everything in a large container, stir very slowly until well combined, and let it sit overnight to ‘mellow.’

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