|we used a glitter-and-scent-free version of our beloved jessica's tutorial|
|another tutorial I found on-line suggested using hot water -- eliminating the need to do this on a stove-top -- and then kneading for five minutes instead of stirring.|
(the dough does get really, really stiff very quickly, and a child wielding a wooden spoon is no match for its resistance...)
|we added a bit more color at this point|
|(it still came out pretty grey, but 'Za was satisfied)|
|Aliza made a big doily from parchment paper, |
and we recycled a tin with a nice, tight-sealing lid
|bonus: peppermint-scented tin|
(next time we will add essential oils to scent the dough)
this tutorial says it can last up to 6 months!
It is rather embarrassing to admit that I had never done this with Ander and Zaza.
I remember when I was in first and second grade my own mother always had Yuban coffee cans-full of home-made pale pink and baby blue dough all ready to be played with. I remember making Christmas ornaments from vaguely-red and barely-green dough (and then years later watching those ornaments mold in the moist air of a Hawaiian christmas). Truth be told -- and despite my grade-school-girl's adoration of all things Laura Ingalls -- I think I always preferred the less-oily texture, super-bright colors, and pleasant smell of the store-bought Play-Doh I would get for Christmas. So when A&Z were younger, we always had massive amounts of store-bought Play-Doh on hand.
(Then again, if I'm being perfectly honest here, we had Play-Doh on hand before A&Z existed, because not-yet-Dubbadad loveslovesloves Silly Putty and modeling clay and Play Dough. Me? Not so much. I'm just sort of icked-out by anything that sticks under my always-short fingernails.)
Fortunately, our less-mess-averse jessica made sure this classic project made it into A&Z's childhood memories -- her oil-and-tartar-and-stove-free outdoor version (Salt Dough) can be found here.
And while Zaza and I were brain-storming ideas for Dubbadad's birthday, the 'Za thought to do this full-fledged version (she was largely influenced by the fun going on over here).
When we were finished, she made me promise - PROMISE - that we would make more, soon, adding more color and some nice herbal scents for the next go-round.