I've been trying to maintain some sort of after school schedule with the boys that includes things like time for reading, time for homework (if there is any - usually not), and time for an activity. I haven't been doing a good job of maintaining that schedule since we started our extra day a week at speech therapy, but I'm still trying and the boys really enjoy knowing that there is something fun coming up in their day. To make the planning easier, I designated different days for different types of activities (paper, cooking, painting, etc.) and Monday is play dough day.
Can you believe that I had never made play dough with my kids before? I grew up in a house with a carpeted kitchen and we were rarely allowed to play with play dough, so I'd like to blame it on my lack of experience. Pretty pathetic excuse, eh?
We finally did it a little while back and the boys loved it and I had a fun time with it too, so I think it's definitely on the list to do again when this batch goes bad. I let them choose their color - Ned's was supposed to be red, but I was afraid to find out how much food coloring we would need to get red instead of pink and he was happy with it. And Peter's was supposed to be blue, but again, after I few drops, I lost my nerve. We used this recipe, minus the Kool-Aid packet, and also put some essential oil in it. I recently bought some essential oil in mandarin and lemon from this Etsy shop for some cleaning solutions and thought it would be great in the play dough too. I really love opening up those containers now and just letting the odor waft out. Next time we make it I'm putting in a few more drops!