This morning's History project involved re-creating the pyramids - in clay! We were supposed to get mud and straw and bake them, but we decided that since we don't have the hot Egyptian sun and benefit of the Nile for a quick cleansing dip after, we made them with Play Dough. I was given a small batch version of this recipe in my Early Childhood Ed. days and then recently came across in on a blog - but I'm sorry to say I can't remember where! Thank you -whoever! It reminded me of the old recipe and all the trouble we had getting the lumps out, so this is my version. The changes made it simple and the only problem was due to my lack of upper body strength - so with the Historian to the rescue, it turned out smoothly!
Pumpkin Spice Playdough
4 1/4 cups of water
2 cups of salt
6 cups of flour
1/4 cup cream of tartar
4 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice OR 1 Tbsp. EACH cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger - whatever you have on hand will work! Get creative!
3/4 cup oil
orange food coloring (yellow:red 2:1)
Mix until it is crumbly and fairly even. Start pouring in the boiling water, slowly and stirring as best you can. This is where upper body strength would come in handy - I held the pot and the Historian stirred. When all the water is incorporated turn unto a cutting board or piece of waxed paper and knead for 5 minutes until smooth. Store in an airtight container. I can't remember how long it lasts, but it make a nice big batch, smells great and provides hours of fun - even for the Mommy! I got a 'B' on my pyramid - the kids wrecked theirs before the photo!