My kids love to do projects. My daughter is old enough to come up with some ideas of her own, but she also enjoys ones that I help her with. And since we got a start today by doing a project, I thought I would share.
- Today’s project: Play Dough. And here’s the recipe:
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tbs cream of tartar (optional but helpful)
1-1/2 cups hot water
3 tbs cooking oil
glitter (optional but pretty)
Mix dry ingredients together. Separate into containers if you want to do multiple colors. Add oil and food coloring to each batch. If you’ve separated colors, estimate the right amount of oil for each. Add hot water slowly and mix until the consistency is right. Too much water makes dough gooey and less fun to play with.
We like this recipe because it lasts a long time. Seal it into a container and store.
- Painting – Finally have my son trained to keep the paint on the paper, rather than himself.
- Carbon dioxide bubbles
- Yeast experiments
- Paper plate masks
- Random craft inventions
- Gardening, especially watering the garden
- Helping me cook. My 2 year old gets mad any time I don’t let him help, including when I’m stirring something hot on the stove. It can be a bit of a challenge keeping him safe because he is so intensely interested.
- Decorating various items. We’ve done sun visors and pinecones.
- Inventing games that make no sense to parents, such as who can ram their head into the back couch cushion the hardest.
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