Fun activities with the littles!
Sonny and I love playdough! He uses that beautiful imagination of his and we "create" for hours on end! I have also added a cinnamon ornament recipe!
This is an actual recipe to make it yourself! If your littles are like my kids and my grandson they love to "cook"! LOL! This serves two purposes, the fun of helping cook then to play. Sonny loves to make Cookie monster, burgers, and fries. We need activities while our little ones are home. Sonny and I think this is a great one!
HOW TO MAKE PLAYDOUGH
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
- Food coloring, optional
- Quart sized bags
Stir together the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Next add the water and oil. If you’re only making one color, add in the the color now as well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball. Remove from heat and then place inside a gallon sized bag or onto wax paper. Allow to cool slightly and then knead until smooth. If you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the dough, while inside the bag so it doesn’t stain your hands. Once it’s all mixed together you’re ready to PLAY.
Below is another favorite of ours. Typically we make this at Christmas. It definitely can be made anytime! Another favorite of Sonny's! We have such fun making these! You can get so creative decorating them! Use cookie cutters you have at home and let your childs imagination be your guide!
- 1 cup smooth applesauce
- 1 1/4 cup cinnamon
- Cookie cutters
- Drinking straw
- Colorful ribbon
Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)
Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.