In memory of the good old days, I’m posting two recipes that are sure to entertain even the most bored, the most hot, most grouchy kid. I recommend both of these recipes as family activities. There’s just nothing better than playing play dough or flarp with your kids on a hot summer day.
What is this stuff? It’s a gooey wad of fun.
8oz. white glue (like Elmers)
1C. warm water
1 ½ tsp borax powder
Pour glue into a large bowl. Add the water and blend. Add paint and mix well. Set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the Borax and the warm water until the Borax is dissolved. Then, slowly pour it into the glue mixture, stirring continually for 2 minutes.
Kneed with hands until smooth and stretchy.
NOTE: Make sure you’re not doing this over the carpet or with your best china. Who would do that, right?
½ C. salt
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 TBSP vegetable oil
Thoroughly mix all ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a ball.
If you want colored play dough, add a few drops of food coloring into it while it’s liquid.
Cool and store in a zip bag or Tupperware-type container—NOT—cool and play with it for several hours while making snakes, cubes, snow men, bowls, pancakes, elephants etc.