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This Grandma’s quiet time recipes

Quiet time with GrandpaMost our time with our grandson had us running here and there but a few days before our departure we had some rainy days.  Even the dogs weren’t interested in going outside.  Honestly, it was a great day to just enjoy some quiet time inside.  (Well, as quiet as a 2 year old boy can be.)  We read books, built a tent in the livingroom, watched some tv and had lots of fun.  One day, he had no interest in taking a nap so I pulled out these two recipes and we got “crafty and creative.”  I love being a Grandma!!!

Homemade Play Dough
2 Cups flour
1 Cup salt
2 ½ tsp cream of tartar
1 Tb vegetable oil
2 Cups water
Mix all the ingredients together in a large, heavy pot.  (I use a whisk to get the lumps out.)  Place over a medium-high heat and stir constantly until very thick – about 5 minutes.  Cool enough to handle.  Divide into 3 or 4 pieces.  Knead in desired food coloring.  Store in air-tight container or zip-lock bag.

Finger Paints
Stir 4 tablespoons of sugar and ½ cup cornstarch together in a heavy saucepan.  Slowly add 2 cups of cold water and stir until soft (whisk works well for this).  Heat over medium, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick (it will thicken further as it cools).  Pour a portion of mixture in one plastic container for each color wanted.  Add food coloring for the desired shade and stir well.

These are two of my old “tired and true” recipes but No Time for Flash Cards has some interesting alternative Playdough recipes.

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