Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's a Clay Day

Dear Kate,
I love the clothing adaptations you have made to make them work. I will have to try it. As you know, having a three year old under foot all the time is wonderful, but can also impede some of those basic household tasks. I have found over the years a great way to get my kitchen clean and keep the younger children occupied. When I do a good clean of the kitchen, N gets to play with clay. He loves it and looks forward to the weekly event. I limit the use of play dough because it is such a mess, but it has still been a favorite of my children. While N. is playing, I am able to clean out the fridge, clean the appliances, clean out a couple of cupboards if needed and the other things that need to be done in the kitchen. When I am ready to sweep and mop, the play dough is put away. N. then helps me move the chairs after I wipe them down and he lines up the chairs and plays with those while I mop the floor. It's been a great way to have him occupied and having fun while I complete one of my chores. I do prefer homemade play dough, so here is the recipe.
Homemade Play Dough
4 cups flour
1 Cup salt
2 1/2 tsp. alum
2 Tbsp. melted shortening
2 Cups warm water
Mix and add food coloring.

I store this in a Ziploc bag in the fridge. It keeps for quite a while.



Kate said...

LOVE THIS IDEA! And thank you for the recipe for playdough. YEAH! I was just thinking this morning that I should make some for the boys to play with later when we have company over. Thanks for the great idea!

Mother Huddle said...

Love this, and the picture looks great!

Fruitful Fusion said...

What a clever way to keep in touch and so beautiful and inspiring too! I know I'll be coming back for more!

Sarah N said...

thank you for the idea - am learning that getting chores done requires some awesome kiddo play time and appreciate the great recipe! will stop by for more tips. :) and i love that you two are writing letters to each other, my little sister lives much too far away too.

Kristin Kneupper said...

This is such a great idea, thanks so much!

michaela said...

How fun is this! I will definitely be checking back for more!

Teddy Started It said...

Popping in for a visit. What a great blog! So full of great ideas. I use the playdough sparingly too -- mostly because I can't stand to see the colors get all muddled. I always throw a couple of 'compatible' colors in the kiddos' backpacks for plane trips. It can keep them occupied all the way from DFW to BWI!

Amy @ New Nostalgia said...

Letters between sisters, such a great thing. I have 3 sisters whom I adore and could not imagine life without! I just featured my sisters new blog on my own blog, I felt so proud to tell the world about her!!
I am inspired to make my own play dough now...keep up the beautiful blog!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Making play dough has been one thing I've always wanted to try, but have never gotten around to. Thanks for inspiring me to give it a shot! My kiddos will love it. :)

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Thanks for linking up this week. I hope you'll join me tomorrow for another great party!

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