My daughter and I went to a craft show this last weekend, when we got home she kept asking to make things. I was trying to understand her need to “make things” and what was the cause of this. Finally she said, the other people made things, I want to too. Thankfully my husband had a great idea and called his mom to get her recipe for home made play-doh. I thought my daughter was going to jump out of her skin with excitement. Who know making play-doh would be this exciting? I never would have guessed, I had always bought mine at the store and thought it was great. I have a whole new outlook now and will continue to make play-doh for the kids, this stuff rocks.
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1/3 Cup Salt
- 2tbsp Oil (veg)
- 1 Cup Water
- 7 Drops Food Coloring
Mix dry ingredients (Flour and Salt) with oil. Add food coloring to water and mix together. (We used about 20 drops of food coloring by the time we were done because we wanted a brighter color.) Add water to flour, salt, oil mixture slowly-about 1/4 cup at a time and mix together with a spoon. Once you have added all the water, kneed the dough with your hands for approximately 2-3 minutes. Once everything is mixed you are ready to play with home made play-doh. When my daughter was done we put it in a zip lock bag for later. Four days later it’s still supper soft and lots of fun to play with.
My daughter loves to make things and if she is given the chance to cut, glue and decorate she is all over it. We decided to make a turkey out of construction paper. Supper supper easy and fun for lots of ages. I made construction paper turkeys as a kid and loved doing it for years. I have a huge pack of construction paper with every color, we choose brown for the body and blue, yellow, green orange and red for the feathers. Don’t forget markers or crayons to draw eyes and beak. You could also use googly eyes to add a little 3-d effect. My daughter made two in no time.
When we were done making turkeys we pulled out our fall/thanksgiving foam stuff. We had some leaves left from last year and I picked up a few more foam packages from my local craft store. Foam crafts are an easy project for all kid crafters no matter age or craft experience. We made a cute door hanger and lots of little things. I now have foam critters all over my house, but my daughter had fun that’s all that matters to me.