January is long. January is dark. January stinks. January usually makes me wish I still lived in a warm weather climate. January makes me pull myself up by my boot straps and come up with things that will make me a happy mommy with happy kids that aren’t bored from being stuck inside.
So when I came across this gem of an idea, I went with it. Having fun with playdough around here. Snowflake playdough to be exact.
I went with my own variation (of course, because when do I ever really follow all the directions? :o) and we came up with this fun conglomeration of ooey gooey sparkly hands-on delightfulness.
It’s your basic salt playdough recipe (2 cups flour, 2 cups water, 1 cup salt, 1 T Cream of Tartar, 2 T vegetable oil – cooked at medium until it forms a ball and then let to cool on a heat proof surface.) But this is where it gets fun….
Cool it a bit and then put it in a baggie. Add a bit of blue food coloring (because Anna wanted her snow to be blue) and a ‘goodly’ amount of glitter. I also dropped in a bit of almond extract to make it smell yummy (it’s winter, I don’t have kool-aid). Let your helpers wiggle, jiggle and shake that bag. (After a bit, I put it on the counter and kneaded it thoroughly.)
Play and have fun. Simple and enjoyable.