Thursday, January 12, 2012
Snowmen Made with Homemade Glitter Playdough
I did it!! I finally added glitter to our playdough!!
So what's the big deal with adding glitter to playdough? Well if you read my Keeping Clam in 2012 post, little things (like the thought of glitter being tracked EVERYWHERE in my house) make me a bit stressed out. I usually try to avoid messy projects that involve craft supplies like paint and glitter. But in 2012 I'm trying to improve my patience and my need to control every little thing. I thought, why not try adding glitter to our playdough? After all what's the worse that could happen? The tube full of glitter could slip out of my hand cascading tiny sparkles across my entire kitchen? So what! I've cleaned up a lot worse! I can handle a little glitter!
And handle it I did. Besides for a few stray glitter flakes here and there, this really wasn't a messy project at all. Next time I won't hesitate to add a little glitter to our playdough!
Here's a quick version of the recipe I used for our glitter playdough (orginally from My Montessori Journey)
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1 Tablespoon Cream of Tarter
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Water
1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Then add all wet ingredients. Mix well.
2. Transfer ingredients to a saucepan. Mix continuously over medium heat. When the mix starts to pull away from the sides and forms into a ball the playdough is done (it will no longer have a wet look).
3. Turn dough onto countertop and knead.
4. Add glitter, spice and/or food coloring!
5. Store in a Ziploc container.
After the glitter playdough cooled, I gave it to my kids along with a basket full of crafting supplies (googly eyes, buttons, pipe cleaners, felt, pony beads, pom-poms and sticks). Then my tot and preschooler spent some time playing and creating the cutest little glittery playdough snowmen!
Now that our glitter playdough was a success, maybe it's time to bust out a messy paint project and really put my patience to the test!
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