Things to do for our wee ones.

United States
May 21, 2008 11:29pm CST
Ok I was going through my computer where I have some saved recipes and I came across a play dough recipe and though summer is coming I better make some up and put it away. That way I don't have to go out and buy playdough .. Here's the recipe I have.. You will need: 1/2 cup salt 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon cream of tartar 1 tablespoon oil 1 cup water food coloring What to do: Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring all the time. When the dough has a good consistency, take it off the heat and allow to cool. So do you have any activities that you do with your kids over the summer that either have to do with making something out of simple household item?
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@mummymo (23707)
22 May 08
Hey I make playdough too - I learnt when I was at college - it certainly helps when you work with kids to know how to make it! Mine is very similar but without any cooking involved we just mix it and knead it a lot! The kids love it and it is so cheap to make too - great that you are sharing this! xxxx
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• United States
22 May 08
wow what is your recipe that you don't need to cook it? I have this one only for years. LOL!!! I thought all the mom's out there could use a little bit of a cheaper activity. LOL!!!
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@mummymo (23707)
22 May 08
virtually the same ingredients you used! 1 cup of flour 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar 1 tablespoon of oil 1 cup of boiling water (from the kettle) mixed with some food colouring 1/2 cup of salt! Just put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix the hot water - stir it really well and there you go! I know I have another one but I can't remember it just now - it involved no hot water and I used it last year but it has disappeared from the fridge door - I will try to find it! xxx
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• United States
23 May 08
Why does everything seem to disappear from the fridge doors when you place them there for convience?????
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
22 May 08
ive got a recipe for playdough, but theres no cooking involved.. will have to dig it up for you, it even smells the exact same LOL my sprite.. in cleaning her room, found umpteen billion empty water bottles under her bed.. she put them all into her empty lego bin (she dumped alla the legos onto the floor for this.. completely missing the concept she was cleaning her room LOL) and then proceeded to make stuff out of these bottles all on her own. ive now got a bunch of shelf-sitter kitty cats that are just too cute for words! we also do various science projects periodically.. but unless you wanna clean up humungous messes (we also periodically blow things up during these experiments.. ever cleaned lava out of kitchen curtains?? LOL for science!!) i wouldnt reccomend our methods of fun and entertainments LOL
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• United States
22 May 08
but your methods are so much like my own LOL!!!! I love the choas. LOL!!! I love how kids think cleaning their room is picking up one mess and making another in the same breath gotta luv that.
@tessah (6621)
• United States
22 May 08
lol i know! and she really is oh so much fun. logical thinker.. wants to know the whys of everything.. so we wind up doing stuff just to see whatll happen when we do so she can study it. lol shes built some amazing "contraptions" as she calls them.. think a mix of doc brown from back to the future and the old mousetrap game LOL
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• United States
22 May 08
I'm so sorry ahead of time. LOL!! but if she builds a time machine out of a delorian and then boobie traps it I laugh my but off. LOL!!!
@skinnychick (6906)
• United States
22 May 08
I usually make soap with them. I make a couple of kinds. Of course my cold process soap which I use lye in they don't help with. But the melt and pour glycerin soap they do. My son is too small but my daughter is all over it. She makes it for her friends as well.
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• United States
22 May 08
Aww how sweet see now that is something I couldn't do. LOL!!! I have never made soap in my life and wouldn't know how. LOL!!!
• United States
23 May 08
Glycerin soap is easy unless you get real fancy with it. I only get realy fancy if it's going up for sale. The stuff we do at home is pretty basic. I do the from scratch soap which is a process and that goes up for sale if I don't use it or give it away first. That I wouldn't reccomend to anyone unless they know how to do it. It can be dangerous.
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• United States
27 May 08
hmm definitely going to have to come and visit and get some soap making lessons. LOL!!!
@34momma (13891)
• United States
22 May 08
I am so not that kind of parent! i don't make stuff, i don't bake, but i will play princesses with my little girl. I will watch my son bust his A$$ on that stupid rip stix he has. and I will sit with my older son and listen to him mix his music. I am not very handy, and my mind doesn't work that way
• United States
22 May 08
Trust me I'm not that handy either but I can bake like no ones business and cook like noones business. coupled with ocd it's quite funny. LOL!!!
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
22 May 08
Oh i can cook, but i am not the mom at the park with a packed bag of wipes and sunscreen. as a matter of fact i don't even like the park. but i will do the park once a month in the summer for my little one. sometimes i wish i was that go get'em kind of mom, but i gotta be me
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• United States
22 May 08
see i'm the mom at the park with the wipes, sunscreen, juice boxes, and snack bags .. LOL!!! I go to the park when ever it's nice out. LOL!!!
@kbourgerie (8780)
• United States
26 May 08
Yes, remember the Jolly Ranchers hard candies? If you dip them in hot water (not too hot, you don't want to scald yourself), but hot enough to bend the candy you can make flowers with them. Use the green ones to make stems and leaves and the colored ones to make petals of the flower. Twist the pieces around one another to get them to adhere. Finally put them in the freezer so they won't be all sticky and either eat them or show them off.
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• United States
27 May 08
interesting never tried that before will definitely have to do that this summer. LOL!! have a nice one.
• United States
22 May 08
Bella, You know I used to do this with my boys because I just did not have a big extended family to help buy things for them. But the grand kids have so much play dough, crayons, markers, coloring books and paint that there is no need for Nana to dirty up a bunch of pots and pans to make stuff anymore. Thats one of the good things about having Anuts and uncles who live so close.
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• United States
22 May 08
I have lots of kids and no disposable income. LOL!!! I also love being able to do this for them. LOL!!! they love it to when it has cooled enough to be warm but not hot to play with it.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
22 May 08
Well Bella that is a great Idea but I will skip that one 1. My Kids are Adults now and I do not believe they would appreciate it 2. Gissi would make the biggest Mess going and be in his Element with it I hate to even imagine I could have done with this when mine where little as I was always buying it lol
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• United States
22 May 08
It's alot cheaper to make it than buy it as you get more playdough than what you would if you bought it. Mine seem to love it. LOL!!!!