Sunday, November 17, 2013

Let's Practice Our Numbers...
I just finished my updated number placemats and I can't wait to watch the children gobble them up!  I made play dough, and have several recipes below.  Choose the one you like, or buy your play dough, and let your children roll and learn.
Recipe 1
3 cups flour
1.5 cups salt
6 tsp. cream of tarter
3 tbsp. oil
3 cups water
Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.
Recipe 2
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
3/4 cup water
Mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water. Put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, knead it into a smooth dough. Don't over cook this dough or it will crumble.
 Recipe 3
 1 cup  flour
1/2 cup  salt
1 envelope   (0.13 oz. to 0.23 oz.) KOOL-AID Unsweetened Drink Mix, any flavor
2 tsp.  cream of tartar
1 cup  water
1 Tbsp.  oil
 To make: MIX first 4 ingredients in medium saucepan until blended. Stir in water and oil. COOK on medium heat 5 min. or until mixture forms ball, stirring frequently.  TRANSFER to plate; cool slightly.
Recipe 4
2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
Up to 1.5 cups boiling water
food coloring (optional)
few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
Add the boiling water
Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
Add the food colouring and glycerine (both optional)
Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone.  This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!

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