12 Days of Creating Fun: Homemade Playdough and Fingerpaint
I finished up my final photo obligations this week & my "spare time" is at last much more free & clear. Between having that freedom, and needing a pick-me-up while the rest of the family left to go far away, I told Johnathan, Lilly & Beau we could make or do something fun together every evening until Christmas. (With twelve days to go.)
We've had some messy & late school nights so far, but our goal has been accomplished: We've been very productive in creating, and the thing we've made the most of is fun & memories together.
We whipped up a couple of batches of homemade play-dough. Playdoughrecipe.org has all kinds of great recipes. We used the jello version. Because I had some really, really old mystery jello in the cupboard to dispose of. And because it's supposed to make great play-dough that lasts well. I'm pretty sure the mystery jello we used was sparkling white grape that I'd bought for a recipe ages ago. It didn't offer much by the way of color or scent (it smells funny) but the resulting dough is super. Wonderful smooth texture. This was a huge hit with the kids. We made a color for each of them, as well as for my 5 yr. old nephew & 2.5 year old niece. We'd been collecting frosting tubs from the November birthday craze, and so far we're keeping them in the refrigerator.
*My winter hands felt SO nice after making this.
We made another fun disaster in the kitchen, making (and testing) homemade finger paint.
3 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. corn starch
2 c. water
Combine in small sauce pan.
Warm until mixture thickens. (It's so exciting when it does!)
Pour into containers. Add food coloring.
We used half-pint mason jars. (Baby food jars would make cute little paint pots, but I didn't have lids for most of the ones I had saved from years ago.)
This was really fun to make.
*Note: It's probably best if you don't get sidetracked vacuuming the entire basement while setting out Christmas program clothes for your 3rd grader.. and then have to give said third grader a much needed haircut while you've left a pan of this to sit uncovered all the while. That batch got a little lumpy when it was time to stir in the color hours later. A few drops of water & seconds in the microwave helped to get things creamy again.
I think I like this a little on the softer/runnier side, again - you can easily add a little water.
Lilly enjoyed that this is edible, and slightly sweet. She licked her scratching tool between uses.