Today has been a different kind of day.  It started last night when my friend went into labor and 3 additional kids came to stay with us.  Since my two kids were already in bed when the others arrived, we had a calm night.  Nick and Sally woke up to find their friends at our house.

We had a busy day at home with stickers, coloring, games, blocks, and trains.  We also read books and watched shows such as Bob the Builder, The Cat in the Hat and Curious George.

Before the day really got going (and while Stephen was still here), I made play dough.  I had never made it before.  My sister and mom always tell me how easy and inexpensive it is.  Today, was the day!

I never got a chance to ask my mom for her recipe of choice, so I searched around on line and made a combo of standard recipes.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1T vegetable oil
  • food coloring
  • 1T cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour

I took a regular sized sauce pan and added all of the ingredients except the flour.  I heated and stirred  it on medium until it was hot and well mixed.  Then, I added the flour.  I stirred until it was thick and well combined.

I took it off the heat, plopped it in a bowl and let it cool.

I made yellow, blue and green.  Each batch was quick and easy.  I think each batch took about 5 minutes.  I was surprised how easy the pan cleaned up in between batches.


The result was lots of fun in the kitchen.  I also read to store it in the fridge in a Zip Loc bag or other airtight container.  It should keep for a few weeks.

The kids are staying again tonight.  We are in the process of calming them down and getting them ready to sleep.  It’s been a fun albeit nontraditional day and we’ll do it again tomorrow!