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It’s been cold, wet and dreary outside for most of the day today and with a pretty bad cold that I’ve been battling for the past week, which has left me tired and incapacitated for a good portion of the week, we stayed inside for most of the day today. Thomas, Anna and I tried to find some fun things to do today while the cold winds and strong rains prevailed outside… like dancing and singing to a Raffi concert in our living room (I know, I know, you’ll understand though if you’ve had kids), playing board games, drawing, playing hide and seek and a quick trip to the play ground in between bouts of rain. Upon returning to our warm abode this afternoon, in accordance with another downpour, Anna was bored and wanted me to tell her a story. So the story goes, a girl stuck in the house on a rainy cold day makes a mess in the kitchen with her mother making a batch of homemade playdough. Well that’s the story that came into my head, so of course we actually had to act on it and make some colorful playdough, which didn’t make quite as much of a mess as I thought it would, but instead managed to brighten our dreary Saturday afternoon considerably.

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Anna’s Storytime Playdough

1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1 cup warm Water
2 Tbs Oil (vegetable works best)
1 packet of dry/ or liquid/ or gel food coloring (enough to obtain a strong color)

In a medium sized sauce pan mix the dry ingredients together. Add the water and oil and stir to combine over medium heat. Keep stirring for a minute or two until the liquid absorbs and the dough starts to clump together and pull away from the side of the pot. Empty the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and allow to cool for a minute before kneading the dough into a smooth ball. Each batch will make a ball that is about 2 1/2 to 3 times the size of a store bought container of Play Dough. Store in an airtight container.

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