On Thursday we made homemade play-doh.
Wait, let me back up a bit.
Thursdays are Jake’s loooong days, starting with a 6:30 AM Bible study he teaches and ending when he returns from his night class at 9:00 PM. So Thursdays are a bit of a struggle for me. I’m still learning how to handle both girls by myself for so long (I know, I know, some moms do this on a daily basis — but I’m not one of them, so I haven’t worked out all the kinks yet!).
Fortunately I have some wonderful friends and neighbors who help out. Nonetheless, this is a long day for all of us and I usually find myself dreading it.
This past Thursday, things were going pretty well. The baby actually napped for a while in the morning and I got some chores done. It was very rainy so we couldn’t go out, and I decided to make some homemade play-doh with Adeline in the afternoon. I felt like SuperMom — a semi-clean house, everyone fed, and a craft project, all on the day I’m operating solo? What a great day, I’m thinking.
But when I suggest to Adeline that we make clay, she tells me she’d rather watch Arthur. My heart drops (much the way it does when I ask if she wants to go outside and she says she’d rather watch a movie — what have I done wrong?!). I try to make this clay-making endeavor sound really appealing — she usually loves to help measure and mix ingredients. Still no dice. She asks if she can play with her real Play-Doh.
So I decide to start mixing up the clay myself, figuring she’ll want to come help when she sees me get out the flour and the measuring cups. She does. And for a while it’s all fun. Until I have to cook the clay on the stove. Then she’s done helping and starts crying for her real Play-Doh.
Finally, finally, our homemade clay is ready (it really doesn’t take that long, but when you’re trying to impress a two-year-old, more than a minute is too long!). I let Adeline touch it. She seems interested. I show her how we can dye it with food coloring. She likes that part. But as soon as that’s over and I suggest we play with it, she says, “Can I get my big Play-Doh?” Then she asks again if she can watch TV.
SuperMom I am not.
But if you want to try, here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup salt
1 cup white flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Mix together in a saucepan and cook on low, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a ball.