That’s My Team!

Well, if you didn’t hear, the Packers made it to the Superbowl.  This happens to be a big deal in our house, because 1. we live in Wisconsin and 2. I grew up in a die-hard Packer fan household.  It doesn’t matter that I have only watched a game or two this season (though I did watch the last one!) …. or that I can only tell you the names of two of their players.  That’s beside the point.  We are true fans.

To celebrate the win, and to entertain my three-year-old (who, in all honesty, could care less about football and spent the entire game looking at Daddy’s iPhone – woops!), we made playdough in Green and Gold.

If you’ve never made homemade playdough before, you really need to.  For starters, it is SO easy.  It takes about 15 minutes, and most of the ingredients you are likely to have on hand.

Back in my kindergarten/preschool teaching days, I used to make a lot of playdough, and now I do the same for my own kiddos.  Besides being much cheaper than the store bought kind, I’m not as worried if one my kids takes a bite – it will probably taste gross, but it’s not harmful.  This recipe came from a fellow teacher (though I’m not sure where she got it).

Homemade Playdough

2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons oil
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
A few drops of food coloring

Mix all the ingredients well.  It will look like this:

Cook for 10-15 minutes over low heat (or until it has thickened).  Stir frequently.  Knead on wax paper – but be careful, it will be hot!  Let it cool before keeping it in an air-tight container or a resealable bag.

A few tips:

  • You can definitely cook it for too long, and if you do so, it will become a little bit too dry.  So watch closely that you take it off the heat before this happens.
  • If you are a little short on some ingredients, it doesn’t seem to make a huge difference.  I’ve made this numerous times when short on salt or cream of tartar, but the playdough has always turned out fine.

I made two batches – so the recipe makes as much as you see in green or yellow.  Get cookin’ and get ready for hours of at least a few moments of entertainment!

Go, Pack, Go!!

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