By some miracle, both girls slept until 7:10 Sunday morning. As I was feeling much more rested than with my usual 5:45 am Amelia wake-up call, I decided to try a playdough recipe I saw on the most amazing website for homemade kids activites, Tinkerlab.The kids helped me measure out the ingredients and stir them all together before I put it on the stove.
10 minutes later the gloppy mess had magically turned into perfect playdough! I cut it into four balls and gave each girl two. Lily wanted hers to be pink and teal, Amelia wanted purple and yellow. I had ordered natural food coloring a while back so I put a few drops on each ball and let them knead it together.For some reason the combo of blue and green came out the color of pumpkin pie–which was seasonally appropriate, but weird. Tinkerlab had an article on pumpkin pie playdough, so I thought I would add some pumpkin pie spices.
It was a huge hit. I grabbed some Halloween cookie cutters, plastic knife, and rolling pin and the kids were entertained for nearly an hour, and I got two peaceful cups of coffee (before the fighting began).If I had used regular food coloring and bleached flour, I’m sure the colors would be more vibrant, but the girls definitely didn’t seem to mind.