Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snowy Day Play-Doh Table

We've been spending
a lot of time indoors.
Between various illnesses
and 28" of snow here in Virginia
over the weekend,
we've been trying to find ways
to pass the long afternoons.

Yes, that is snow
against my back windows
outside our family room.

The girls and I were inspired
by Filth Wizardry's

We didn't come up with anything
quite as elaborate as theirs...
but we did cover the kitchen table
with our
vinyl tablecloth
that we use for indoor playdoh,
moon sand,
and various messy projects...

Then we collected some rocks from our nature table,
plastic animals,
play-doh,
and
made a fresh batch of
homemade salt and flour dough!

The penguins were
keeping their eggs warm
on the snowy dough tundra.

Various critters left
tracks and footprints
in our blue lagoon.

Stay warm!

By the way...
we're supposed to get
another 16" - 20"
today/tonight - ack!

Here's our simple (no cook)
Easy Salt Dough Recipe
(from MaryAnn Kohl's MudWorks book)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup of salt
3/4 cup of warm water
food coloring (if you want color)

Mix it all in a bowl.
Add more flour/water as needed to get
the right consistency.
Knead to soften and mix.

12 comments:

Naturalearthfarm said...

We have been a bit envious of all your snow:) Up here in northern Vermont near the Canadian border, we still have not had a storm with more than 6 inches. Enjoy! And play dough is perfect.
Warm wishes, Tonya

danita said...

so doing that!

Kitten Muffin said...

Looks like lots of fun was had! My youngest is on at me to recreate the playdough bakery again, so I'd best get the pan out! I've yet to meet a kid that doesn't love the stuff. I love all the marbled colours that yours smooshed into.

who.knows.what.dreams.may.go said...

very creative:) stay warm! i wouldn't survive in VA for sure, i'm used to 40-50 degree temps and definitely no snow....

Rebecca said...

What a fun playdoh scene that mustve been to play with!

Small Burst said...

What a great way to spend the day! We're up to our eyeballs (ok maybe not that high) in snow and I think I'm over it.

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

What fun you had together!

I am going to make that dough tomorrow. Does it keep well or does it dry and harden?

Please email me your response.
circleoflifeblog at gmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

Oh, we are so gonna do this tomorrow - thank you!

pink and green mama said...

Multi-Tasking Mommy,
Here's an answer to your questions,

Hello There!

Yes this dough will harden quickly and can be used to make sculptures/ playfood/ impressions to keep if you let it harden for a few days in the air or bake at a low temp for a very short period of time in the oven. WE have ours stored in an air tight container and plan to toss it when it starts to get yucky.

Have fun and happy playing!

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea
--
Feeling Crafty? Parent with a heart full of art.
http://www.pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com
http://www.pinkandgreenmama.etsy.com

A Few of My Favorite Things said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Just popped over and I love love love yours! This snowy day project is fantastic. You've got a new follower now.

Whirliegig said...

I so love the footprints. Brilliant children!!

trixi said...

I LOVE that snow!! We never get snow here so it always looks so magical to me...of course if it did snow here it might not seem so magical!

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