This was an activity that first got botched, then turned out to be fun with a plan b, and then which we finally made correctly!
My first batch of homemade play dough didn’t come together quite right – I think because I ought to have left it on the heat a little longer. But I had already promised Travis “pond-scented” play dough, so thinking quickly we added tea tree oil to the store-bought play dough we had at home.
Travis was fascinated by the way it smelled, and soon our play dough became lily pads and water for frogs and fish to play around on.
For extra gooey fun, I pulled out the botched batch of play dough anyway. Travis loved the way the frogs sank into it and left impressions behind. Goopy but a good time!
The next day I pulled up a more foolproof recipe. In a bowl, combine:
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup boiling water
Travis helped combine all the ingredients, except the water, which I poured in last (definitely a grown-up step). Let your dough cool slightly, then need until smooth and workable.
We added natural food coloring for a blue pond.
And then of course the tea tree oil.
And had fun all over again!