Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's Raining, It's Pouring, It's Time to ....

... make playdough!  From time to time, throughout the summer, the children would ask to make playdough.  Our answer was always the same.. "next rainy day!" 

Today was that rainy day!

While the children took turns mixing, we sang songs to keep everyone happy!

 The singing continued as we cooked the mixture for a few minutes.

The scent filled the air..  this time we used Rosemary essential oil. 
We have used peppermint and lavender oils, as well as cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices in the past.

We passed out balls of playdough while they are still warm. 
The children become so quiet as the knead their warm, frangrant playdough.

After  a few minutes, we handed out the playdough toys..
golf tees, child butter knives, little animals, rolling pins.

Look what caught our eye, out the window, while playing? 
Apparently a rainy day is a good day for turkeys to forage next to the house!

One of my very 1st blog posts was about playdough.. with a little two year old girl.. who is now four and still enjoying playdough time!

Here is my mama's tried and true recipe...  the same one she used when we were little!  It keeps for a long time (months) in a closed container or zip lock baggie.  We have made it several ways: food coloring and essential oils, kool aid for both the color and scent, mostly organic ingredients (like today).  But the recipe remains the same and it a winner every time.  I plan to make some with eucalyptus oil next time bad colds come our way!  Oh and  I double this recipe.

1 cup flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tbsp. oil

Mix dry ingredients; add wet. Add in scents and colorings of your choice.


  1. Love this, so fun! Thanks so much for linking up to Tot School Tuesday!

  2. Can I come play? Would much prefer playdough to work...just saying.

  3. I love how you involved everyone! Please consider linking up with Waldorf Wednesday. Thanks!

  4. We LOVE playdough!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  5. I'll be trying this with my own kiddos! The baby likes to eat play-doh, so this is perfect.

  6. Your playschool looks like so much fun! I think the next rainy day we have here I'll pull out the playdough for my 7.5 and almost 10 year old. They still love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Sharing Creative Ideas!
    ~ joey ~

  7. Play dough making is the best! I still enjoy playing with play dough!

  8. I love how they all get a batch to help make - warm play dough is really nice to touch and explore isn't it! Thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times x

  9. What a wonderful activity for a rainy day. You use the same recipe we use - I got mine from my mother!

    Thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory!

  10. Play dough is so fun. I love the idea of using gold tees. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  11. Oh, how fun!! We need to make some playdough soon. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  12. Do you use natural coloring now or food coloring? Just wondering because I have no idea what to use as natural coloring without risking staining the kids. LOL!