DIY Play Dough

2nd grade class project: make your own toy at home and present it in class.

I swear sometimes the school thinks moms have nothing else to do with their time.

It goes on specifying the rubric cube for grading the presentation (isn’t rubric a funny word):

  1. Answers the assigned questions
  2. Speaks with a loud, clear voice
  3. Does not fidget
  4. Does not go off topic
  5. Holds the audiences eye contact

Oh come onnn!! You are talking about a bunch of 7 year olds. Based on the above rubric, I will fail miserably if I was assessed in public speaking.

But my daughter, bless her soul, was actually excited about this project.

Me: So honey what do you want to do?

DD: I want to do play dough. I saw the video on YouTube and its sooo cooool. (everything is so cool to her these days.)

Me: I don’t think that’s what they had in mind honey. Look at the picture on top of the paper. I think they want us to make a doll or a robot or anything like that. You know build it with egg cartoon or with foam balls and stuff.

DD: No mom, they said toy and play dough is one of the best toys in the world. So we are making play dough. I already made up my mind.

Me: Ok ok boss, come on show me the video and lets start.

So she showed me a very cool video made by Nicko’s Kids DIY channel on YouTube. Here’s how we did it:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Gloves (unless u want rainbow hands for a week)
  1. Mix all the ingredients (except food coloring and gloves of course) over a low heat.20161022_165537_LI.jpg
  2. Keep on mixing until it thickens and forms a “clump of dough”20161022_165732_LI.jpg
  3. Place the clump of dough on a cookie sheet (or anything you’d like to use so you won’t get your tabletop dirty).20161022_170325_LI.jpg
  4. Section dough into pieces, add food color to each piece and knead it through. (use gloves for easy cleanup)

DD: Mom I saw in another video that this play dough is edible, is it?

Me: Yeah it means if your baby sister plays with the play dough and has a taste of it by mistake, it won’t harm her because it’s all natural, no chemicals or stuff like that.

DD: So can I eat it?

Me: No, why would you want to eat play dough?!

DD: But pleeeaaassseeee mmooooom they said it’s edible.

Me: You won’t eat a tomato but you’re whining to eat play dough??

DD: Yes! Can I at least taste?

Me: Trying to ignore. Let’s put it in zip lock bags and practice the presentation.

 So we got a B+ on the project. I’m not sure if my DD fidgeted, didn’t hold and keep eye contact, or play dough is not considered a ‘toy’, but I am so proud of her for sticking to her guns and making the thing she wanted.

DD: I told you mom! Everyone in the class loved it and they all wanted to play with a piece of my play dough, no one wanted to play with any of the other toys. My toy is the best. Thank youuu mom!! You are soooo cooool!

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