Homemade Play Dough - Pinterest in Real Life

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

 

It looked like it was going to open up and pour one afternoon this past week, so I thought it would be a good day to make some play dough.  The kids always love playing with any type of dough or clay.  My favorite homemade play dough is the kind you make on the stove.  It lasts forever!  I had some extra jell-o and decided to see if there were any play dough recipes that included jello.  I found this one from Create.Craft.Love. and decided to give it a try.

 

The dough cooling on the counter, it's really bright!

The dough cooling on the counter, it's really bright!

We had orange and strawberry jello left over in our cabinets and I decided to let the kids choose.  My son wanted ½ strawberry and ½ orange, my daughter wanted only strawberry.  While my daughter worked on some homework, my son and I made the first batch, then my daughter made hers. Using jello gave the play dough a nice smell while cooking. The play dough has to cool down after it’s cooked. That gave my son the opportunity to run around the house for a few minutes to burn off some extra energy. I was able to redirect all his energy toward getting out our play dough toys and gave him a small cooled bit so he could start playing.  He immediately started making play dough cookies.  My daughter joined in and they played (kind of) cooperatively together with his cooled dough.


We have a LOT of toys for play dough...

We have a LOT of toys for play dough...

 

My daughter loves the way the warm play dough feels, so I let her have her batch while it was still pretty warm.  They made cookies and pizza and other things.  I’m not really sure why, but my son then started to involve office supplies, like paper clips and tape. He was having a good time, and it didn’t bother me. What a great way to spend a stormy day!

 

 

 

 

Have you ever made homemade play dough? What’s your favorite recipe?

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