Monday, September 10, 2007


Iris loves to bake pies and cakes in her kitchen – out of play-dough, of course.

The problem with play-dough is that, unlike her other toys, which only cause tripping hazards and fits of parental exasperation when not put away, left-out play-dough dries into lumps of Kool-Aid-colored hardtack and must be thrown out when it is discovered in, for example, the toy toaster or teapot weeks after the creative cooking spree which caused it to be toasted or brewed in the first place.

So this morning, in the real kitchen, we replenished her dwindling supply by making four bright new batches: blue, green, purple, and pink. We used this recipe which was quite successful.

The girl who was so excited about adding the food coloring and watching the formation of each brightly-colored lump then wasted no time in layering and combining them to make her properietary pastry.

By this afternoon, the "wedding cake" had been kneaded into a massive loaf the drab color of a thundercloud.

So much for the bright, beautiful colors and, it must be said, for my own ideas of how to play with play-dough. The part of me that was invested in this little project could not help thinking that it would have been much less time and effort to have made up one big batch since she was just going to moosh it all together anyway. But then she would not have had the pleasure, a la The Color Kittens, of mixing the colors together herself, which I strongly suspect was half the fun.

Anyway, we've got enough play-dough now to keep Iris' bakery in business for some time, even allowing for a little bit of hardtack every day. Next time we replenish her play-dough, it should be winter, when kneading hot-from-the-pot balls of dough will be a welcome hand-warming treat.

And as for the little bits of squishy dough that are constantly underfoot, at least we don't have carpet.


Anonymous kirsten said...

too fun. we're serious play-doh people here, too. i get lazy about the cooking it, though. like to, but... costco had a 80 -mini pack for $10, so that's what we did!

9:35 PM  
Blogger lisa {milkshake} said...

That's a lot of play-doh! I must admit - I feel slightly uneasy when my daughter mushes all the colors together...But then I have to remind myself that it's about the process, not the product :)

8:49 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

:-) still play with play-doh. Can't let my daughter, though. She likes salty stuff. I have to do it in hiding (which my husband thinks is the funniest thing because he says SHE does it in hiding, too!).

I ran across your blog trying to find missing lyrics to 'baa baa black sheep' (you didn't have the ones I was looking for, but still cute - back in aug '06). Cute blog!

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Nice blog :)

Yay, for homemade playdough! A nice addition is glitter. Not as messy as it sounds. It all stays within the dough and does not make a mess at all.

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