December is a busy month. If I don’t watch how much I schedule, we’d be running and doing every second of the day. Just a few days ago, Dallas had an ice storm. We were cooped up inside for 3 days straight. I just didn’t have the energy to keep up with twin boys one of those days. So I decided to make homemade peppermint Playdo. It was such a huge success. The playdo came out like it was supposed to and the boys played for an hour with it.
-Mix 5 cups water, 2 1/2 cups salt, 3 tablespoons cream of tartar and red food coloring if desired
-Cook on medium low heat until hot
-Add 10 tablespoons vegetable oil
-Stir in 5 cups flour, adding a little at a time
-Add 1 tablespoon peppermint extract and also adding any glitter if desired
-Mix over heat until no longer sticky
-Let cook and then knead slightly
In the past the boys would play for about 15 min before getting bored. This time I gave them several pieces of plastic play wood, a plastic screwdriver, plastic pliers, measuring cups, plastic drinking cups and a broken end off the measuring cup for a knife. Wow did that make all the difference. I happen to have boys that love the show Mighty Machines. The pliers became grapplers, the screwdriver became a metal grinder and well you get the picture.
Then we worked on making snowmen, complete with hat, arms and nose. Lastly we made pretend ice cream using the cone from the play kitchen. Lance sure knows how to name each of his ice cream flavors.
I have pulled out the two different colors of peppermint playdo three more times this past week. Each time it was fun and long-lasting. I am so glad I branched out and let them use some of their play things with the playdo. I think that has made a big difference. So whatever your child really loves to play with, try to incorporate that into playdo time and I bet your little one will enjoy playdo even more.