Playing on National Play-Doh Day

Play Dohday

Did you know that Sept. 16 is National Play-Doh Day? Yep, an official day dedicated to that age-old favorite of kids young and old. So let's celebrate! How about a Play-Doh Play Date? Whether you invite all of the neighborhood kids over, or spend a relaxing Saturday just playing with the kids, I have some fun ideas for you: 

First, let's make some homemade play dough! Before your eyes glaze over, and you skip to the next paragraph, give me just a second because this is really quite easy. Seriously. If you can make a box of macaroni and cheese, you can make play dough. The picture below was my first ever attempt at making play dough, so you can do it. And boy is it fun! The boys and I were looking for a fun rainy day activity, so I figured we'd give it a try. 

Homemade Play Dough 

1 cup flour 
1 cup warm water 
½ cup salt 
1 tbsp vegetable oil 
½ tbsp. cream of tartar 
Food coloring (optional) 

Simply mix all of your ingredients, except the food coloring, together in a small pot and cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until a dough forms and the mixture pulls away from the sides. Cooking time 5-10 minutes. 

Your play dough will naturally be a pretty off-white color. If you'd like to get a little more creative, add your favorite color of food coloring. Place your play dough on the counter, flatten it into a pancake shape and drop a few drops of food coloring in the center and knead the play dough until the color is evenly dispersed. If you would like a deeper color, just add a few more drops and keep kneading. Don't forget to divide your play dough into sections before adding food coloring if you want more than one color. 

TIP: Store your play dough in an airtight container to keep it fresh for months to come. If it happens to get a bit crusty and the salt crystals begin to show, just knead it for a few minutes. Feel free to double, or even triple, the recipe if you are feeling ambitious. 


All Natural Play Dough 
If you aren't up for making your own play dough, but you do want to make sure your little ones are playing only with non-toxic, natural ingredients, all you need is to find a good eco-friendly dough which is a lot easier than it used to be. 

TIP: All natural play dough makes a great stocking suffer for grownups, it is perfect for carefree stress relief at the office. Think of a stress ball, but more fun!

Fun Many parents dread the idea of popping open a new tub of Play-Doh for fear that it will end up all over the place. One easy way to keep your Play-Doh contained is with a cookie sheet from the Dollar Store. Yep, a $1 investment. These cookie sheets are super lightweight and allow for the Play-Doh to stick just enough to build on but not enough that cleaning isn't still a breeze! This also helps keep different piles of Play-doh separate and avoid those '"Joey mixed his red Play-doh with my white Play-doh!" issues. 

TIP: Be sure to mark your Play-Doh cookie sheets so you don't accidentally cook with them. A little paint will do the trick and you can even get super crafty and paint a name on each cookie sheet. 

Candy-Free Treats 
Whether you are creating party favors, making DIY birthday gifts or searching for the perfect Halloween treat, why not use play dough? Play dough, specially the homemade kind you just made, is the perfect alternative to a sugar-filled Halloween treat for toddlers, and a usable favor for your next birthday party. 

How do you dress up the play dough? Simply place your DIY play dough inside a plastic Easter egg or baggie and add a cute and festive cookie cutters and a bow. 

No mater how you decide to celebrate National Play-Doh Day, be sure to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to play with the little ones, those are the memories they will carry with them forever. 

Until next time, 
aka Chick #1


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