homemade playdough play day

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Along comes a rainy day (like today), the sort that appears out of the blue sunny sky and drops a heavy feeling of gloominess upon yourself . . . . which then vibrates outward and affects all those around you, until you all feel grey and glum . . . . well on a day like this one, making playdough was really very uplifting.  Surprisingly so.  And it was incredibly easy to make.  Here’s how you can make some too, even if you have no kids, try it . . . . it gives a very healing finger-touchy feeling :0)

You’ll need:

1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 2 tsp. cream of tartar, 2 tbsp. oil (I used olive), and some essential oils of your choice (lavender is a nice one, so is peppermint, or lemon . . . play around and see what feels right to you if you have some on hand :0) . . . .also, food coloring if you want it colored instead of creamy. . . . .I used 4 x the recipe, so all the chittlins had enough dough.

You’ll do this:

Stir the salt into the water vigorously in a saucepan, then bring it to a boil.  Lower the heat and mix in the cream of tartar, then the flour.  Add the oil, and keep stirring till it comes together in a ball.  It’ll be lumpy, don’t worry about it, just stir it till it’s a ball like clump.  Turn off heat and let it cool down till you can handle it, some like it hot, I like it a bit more than warm, but not scalding.

Put the mass on the counter, add the essential oils, and begin kneading.  This is the fun part.  Just knead any lumps away.  Fold.  Roll.  Pinch. Slam.  Swirl.  Knead.  We kneaded our blues away :0)  When you’re done, it should be a smooth, lump-free, ball of yummy smelling playdough.  This is where you can add coloring or not.  And then it’s good to go have a play day with!

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