I don’t know about everyone else, but my family has hit the point where days are starting to run together. Losing church, in particular, has really seem to thrown a wrench in our sense of time.
Some like to say that since we were already homeschooling before the recommendation of social distancing, this shouldn’t be as hard for us. The reality is, all of our normal activities have been cancelled, too. Our youngest in particular seems to constantly want something to do … which is actually ironic, considering two weeks ago she would have welcomed extra Disney+ and video game time. Now she wants someone to play board games, go on walks, and shoot baskets almost constantly. The perception has changed even for those who are used to a less than “normal” (whatever the heck that is) schedule.
Enter making homemade playdough. She has loved being in the kitchen and working with recipes since she was an itty bitty thing, so while this one was inedible, it was still tons of fun!
You can find lots of different homemade playdough recipes out there. We used the one that calls for the fewest ingredients because life needs to be kept simple at this point. Also, good flour is getting extremely difficult to find in our area, but there seems to plenty of the enriched bleached stuff you could use for playdough.
- 1-1 ½ cups flour (we actually needed more, but start slowly and add as needed)
- ¼ cup salt
- ½ cup warm water
- 3-5 drops of food coloring (optional – can also add more to reach desired color)
- 6-8 drops essential oil
Mix flour and salt together. Add food coloring (if using) to warm water, then slowly add to flour mixture. Stir together, then add essential oils. Knead all ingredients together. If dough is sticky, continue to add flour in small increments.
Wondering which oils to use? Our daughter chose Christmas Spirit because it is her favorite happy oil. Other great options would be Thieves or Stress Away.
Looking for another fun DIY project you can do with your kids? Check out our elderberry gummy recipe!