Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Lately I've been feeling like kind of a failure as a mother. I've had so little energy the last few weeks, that sometimes- it's all I can do to keep up with meals, laundry, dishes... etc. Finding the energy to come up with something creative for Dallin and I to do definitely doesn't make the cut some days. And sadly, I feel like it's one of the most important things for me to do. I know that this isn't super creative, and we've played with play dough many times before... but I've never MADE play dough before! I know... Some of you moms are looking at me with disgust- haha. But I finally decided to make some of it up and make a bunch of different colors. It was fun to have Dallin watch as the colors changed, and actually feel like I made something with him.

I was talking to my friend Lacey and she wanted me to post the recipe. I'm sure there's lots out there, but this is just the one I have- so here it is Lace:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
4 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
2 cups water
Food Coloring

Spray non-stick coating in pan to make cleaning easier. Mix dry ingredients in a large pan. Add liquid ingredients. Stir over medium heat until dough pulls away from pan. Color may be added with the water or kneaded in after cooking.

I also have a question for everyone. What are some fun creative projects you've done with your kids? I need some easy ones that I can do with Dallin these last couple days I have before the baby is born, and also some for after she's born. I just want to be able to have some quality time with him. Please let me know your ideas!


Cameron and Nonie Gay said...

One of my favorites, and it tastes good too, is to mix up some pudding and then finger paint with it. I just use some wax paper to put it on. It delicious, easy, and lots of fun. I've also put dishsoap in a cup of water and blow through a straw to make tons of bubbles. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. :)

Kristy said...

If you color the playdough with koolaid then it smells yummy too! Another one I love is dying rice. You mix one tsp of rubbing alcohol with food coloring (I would do more to make sure the color is really vibrant). Then you mix that with 1 cup of rice. Spread it out to dry and then mix it with several different colors and some plain. My kids play with this seriously for hours...give them measuring cups, spoons, funnels, etc. It does make a big mess though, especially with younger ones. It's easy to vaccumn up but you just have to practice deep breathing as it's falling all over the floor.

Josh and Analee said...

I know this might sound completely weird but it's fun, and I did it with my 2 year old niece and and 4 year old nephew and they both loved it! Just get the cheap Barbasol shaving cream and fill up a cookie sheet full of it and then get some food coloring and let Dallin put a few drops in the food coloring and then mix it all around so it's swirly (let him mix it too, he'll get a little dirty but that's the fun part about it!) After you've got it mixed place some printer paper over the top of it and push it down a little and then scrap off the excess shaving cream. It'll give the paper a marble look and then let it dry and let him draw pictures on it. Super easy, Super fun, and easy to clean up!

(I'll email you my phone number, then if you're interesting and this didn't make sense you can call me. I'm bad explaining things via internet)

Valeri Crockett said...

Teach him hide and seek. Put eyes and mouths on socks and teach him how to talk with a puppet. Use the garbage cans as basketball hoops, line them all up and have fun throwing thing's in them(my son could do this for hours). Play detective with flashlights and magnified glass. Play pirates with pretend swords and homemade eye pieces. Play store and teach him how to buy thing's with fake money. Dance the hokey pokey. Build a tent under chairs with blankets on top. Buy that candy that crackles on your tongue and act like it's blowing up your mouth. Watch videos of him when he was littler. Watch videos of big trucks and tractors on you tube(you would be surprised how cool they are to watch for a boy). Pretend your animals and go around the house making all kinds of sounds. Plant seeds in a little cup and have him help you water it ever morning and see something grow. Teach him how to wrap thing's with paper and tape. . . let him wrap up a bunch of toys for dad to open when he get's home from work. (I haven't done this one yet but I thought of it yesterday so I think I'll do it today.) Get pots and pans and utensils and make a lot of noise like a band. . .you could even put on music to make it more fun. Roll yourselves up in blankets like a hot dog. Make a little paper mailbox for mom and one for dad and have him draw pictures for you and put them in the mailbox. . .or have him make a mailbox for grandma and grandpa. I'm sure they would love a little grandkid mail. Let him comb your hair (I let Lincoln do it and he LOVES it). Teach him how to make a chain with paper and a stapler.

I'm full of a ton more if you ever get bored. . . you'll probably be taking care of the little one and healing so you could give Jeff some of these ideas to do with him until you can get back in to really playing him without a big belly in the way:)

Have fun!

Valeri Crockett said...

I laugh at the list I just made because it is OBVIOUS that I have a boy. . . hahaha!

Alicia and my boys said...

theres a new product out there called...magic nuudles. I got these for by boys, they are way fun and really easy to clean up!!!

Marci ann said...

finger paint...make paper plate fish and then color them kaylin loves that..i will have to post one for you to see...easy and fun to make things with paper plates and cups!!!

Sean & Lacey said...

You are a good mama! Cute! Thanks for the recipe! Looks like Dallin loved it! How are you feeling? Good I hope! Yes the scrapbooking is coming along..finally! I got that font off of kevinandamanda.com, she has tons of cute ones, I think it's one that someone submited as their hand writing. How are you feeling? Not much longer! Keep me updated!!! Love you and I'm excited to meet her!