The Hand that Makes the Play Dough

Nina has realized I can make play dough, pretty much anytime I feel like it. This is no small issue. As she now asks a thousand times a day. So, I made a calendar and called Tuesday “Arts and Crafts Day”, saying that is the day I make play dough. This kind of works. But now I find myself saying a lot, “It’s not Tuesday. Wait for Tuesday.”

I use this recipe:

2 c flour (+more for kneading)
1/2 c salt
2 tbsp canola oil
1/4 c cream of tartar (can buy in bulk at Winco)
1-1/2 c boiling water (straight from screaming kettle)

Then I add some essential oil, just so it doesn’t smell like flour, which is not a pleasing smell. Then I add food coloring as I knead it. She goes nuts. Sometimes I will double it and put the excess in the fridge. But it usually only lasts a week. This is because Nina is 2 years old and will break tiny pieces of it and put it all over the floor that will dry by the time I clean it up. I will keep putting the large chunks in its bag, but she will keep taking it out. It is a mess. But one day there will not be a mess, and that won’t be any better.

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