In a previous post, I asked for ideas to keep my son occupied while I lie down on the couch being pregnant. One activity that was suggested to me to keep my 2 year old busy was playdough. My friend Lisa (who used to teach developmentally delayed pre-schoolers) was the source for this idea.

I knew that playdough was easy enough to make at home, so I searched online and found a quick and easy recipe requiring only flour, water and salt. One thing to be aware of is that you will be using a lot of salt, so be sure you have plenty on hand.

Here is the recipe:
1 cup of water
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup flour
Food coloring
Don’t worry if you don’t have the food coloring. I didn’t, and it was just as fun to play with.
What you do is boil all the ingredients on the stove. Stir until the mixture becomes “doughy.” Once it is the consistency of dough, remove from the heat.
I stuck my concoction in the freezer for half an hour to cool it down. After that I kneeded it a bit and it looked like this:
It is very sticky, so you might want to add a little extra flour to lessen the sticky-factor.
Ari seemed to like it.
My dad made a horse with it, upon Ari’s request.
For this particular recipe and more interesting playdough recipes click here.

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