Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Marbled Glitter Playdough

It's Cam's turn for spring break this week! And while I do love getting some one-on-one time with my best gal, after already having Kane's (and her premature first go at) spring break, I'm behind on work, life, etc. So obviously it's a perfect time for her to go through a phase requiring someone to do absolutely everything with her. Needless to say, I was on the lookout for an activity that would be a good balance of mom involvement and Cami-indpendent time.

Now we both are kind of obsessed with marble, so I feel like this playdough was fortuitous in more ways than one. But we happened to accidentally make an over-floured version of playdough yesterday that 1. turned out to be gorgeously marbled in design and 2. really requires some elbow-grease (and hence a little mommy-free time) on the part of Cam to make. I don't think this is a great make for the really littles -- the tougher the playdough, the less interest I think younger kiddos would have -- but if you have a love who loves to do everything "by herself!," this will give you a good chunk of time to actually get something productive done!

Marbled Glitter Playdough 

- 4 3/4 cups flour
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- gel food coloring in a rainbow of colors
- glitter

Mix ingredients from flour through cream of tartar in a large pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until most of the moisture is absorbed (it will take a bit). Let it cool on some wax paper. Divide it into as many colors of gel food coloring you have. Work in a few drops of the gel color and glitter into each batch. That extra bit of flour (3/4 cup) will make this playdough more tough than our normal recipe, but it helps keep the color from blending in entirely and gives it that marbled look.  

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