Saturday, June 23, 2012

A trip down memory lane...

After making blueberry muffins this morning with the kids I decided we needed an activity to keep them entertained today. How about a science experiment with some measuring? We did a cooking experiment. Can you guess what we made?

This is what it looked like after we mixed all the ingredients.

I got quite the arm workout stirring this constantly until it came to a ball stage. I got the white boards out for the kids to practice drawing (Emily) and tracing his letters (Aidan) while I did the part on the stove top.

As it cooled (and I got a shower that had one person come in and mention someone was painting on the walls instead of the paper.....note to self, painting must be supervised even for the 5 minutes I wanted for a shower.)

Then we practiced kneading - Aidan did the green all by himself from adding the food coloring to getting it all worked in. Em worked on the red and yellow and did a great job with a little help from Mom. I did the blue. I think Aidan did the best job of the bunch of us.
So, did you guess? We made Play doh!

I remember making this a couple of times with my Mom when I was little. I used a recipe I had written down in my homemade cook book.

3 Cups Flour
1.5 Cups Salt
6 tsp. cream of tarter
3 Cups Water
3 Tbsp. Vegetable oil

Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together. Combine them in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Let cool and knead. Can be divided into several pieces and add food coloring and knead to distribute the color. Store in sealable plastic bags.

Now to get them to pick up the bucket of toys that got spilled onto the kitchen floor so they could get to the shapes.......


scraphappy said...

What a fun rainy day project. I still remember the smell of warm salt and flour from making play-doh with my own kids. Enjoy!

Kristie said...

Ahhhhh yes....I remember mom making that for us and I made it for mine. Actually I still make it for Hunter sometimes.

Cyn said...

Oh wow... I haven't thought of salt-dough in years! Sounds like all of you had a very fun time!

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Hahaha, oh yes, my Mom and I made play dough many times when I was little - I haven't made that yet with my daughters, I'll have to try!