Activity 10/100: Raspberry Playdough

Often times I find myself caught up in the tasks of raising three very small boys.  I reach the end  of the day and wonder if I was truly intentional as a mom.  Although I play with my boys hugging and kissing them many times a day I also am distracted by whoever is fussing, needing to eat or drink or changing one of the three adorable tushies still in diapers.  This year I decided to challenge myself to plan 100 different activities to do with my boys.  These can be small or big activities, but many of them involve items found around the house.  I am looking forward to a year of focused play with my boys.

The homemade raspberry playdough was amazing! It was so soft and squishy, it has the best texture.  We did this activity for valentines day so I decided to use raspberry Jell-O to tint the playdough and give it a great raspberry smell.  I didn’t have vegetable oil when I made this so I used olive oil and it turned out great! The playdough smelled like a great mixture of raspberries and olive oil.  It was fantastic!

Directions:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1/4 cup salt
  4. 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  5. 1 tsp cream of tarter
  6. food coloring or Jell-o
  7. Sparkles (if you want to add some fun)

Pour all ingredients into a small pot and stir until almost clump free.  Once your mixture is smooth heat over medium heat stirring continually.  After a few minutes the dough will start to clump into a ball.  Once it has formed a ball remove from heat, take the dough out of the pan and knead by hand.  The kneading is the best part! It is so warm, squishy and feels great!

My boys put everything in their mouths so I wanted something they could play with, but wouldn’t hurt them if they ate it.  Because the playdough was homemade I knew exactly what was in it and wasn’t worried about them eating it.

They did try to eat it once, but apparently it doesn’t taste very good so they never tried again.

Once we finished playing I wrapped the playdough in saran wrap and placed it in a plastic bag.  We have gotten the playdough out several more times since Valentine’s Day.  The boys love it and it is a great activity to keep them occupied for a little while!

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