Fairly often on this blog, I have posted about our love for making and playing with playdough.
(I love the two shots in the bottom corner from when we lived in Germany -- Lavella's puzzled face is priceless.)
Playdough is so simple to make, lasts much longer than the purchased stuff, and it provides countless hours of playtime. The home-made stuff takes a super long time to get dry and brittle, so, although there is always going to be a little bit of a crumbly mess after playdough play-time, there isn't nearly the explosion of bits that happens when they play with that Other Stuff.
Today we made playdough during a playdate with a little friend.
Everyone had been rather fussy, but suddenly, there was peace and only the sound of rolling pins bumping over dough.
The playdough recipe that I use is a doubled version of this one; we scented ours with orange extract to match the color we chose. It takes a little patience with the stirring, and some fortitute of arm strength, but once it's all cooked through, it's so worth it.