Begin with plain playdough. No color, no scent. Just plain old simple playdough.
I set out little bowls of old grains and spices. Flax seeds, chia seeds, basil leaf, a flower tea. . . .
All set out with a zen like peacefulness. Sniff. Pick. Mix.
I added a mortar and pestle for pressing and grinding the seeds and herbs. Grind. Press.
So much fun.
And just to be real – it can . . . and will. . . get very messy.
And it is worth every grain of crazy.
There is nothing quite like mixing up your own special playdough!!!
Plain Playdough Recipe
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 heaping tablespoon of cream of tartar
2 cups of water
1 splash of oil (a tablespoon or a bit less — I do not like a lot of oil – just a tad)
Mix dry ingredients together in bowl. Heat liquids in a large pan. Slowly stir in flour mixture. Stir and cook until smooth. Put on board and knead until shiny. Keep in air tight container or plastic bag.
- too wet – knead in flour a little dusting at a time.
- too dry – knead in a little water.
Ask your families for old spices, herbs, teas and small grains. Be sure to check student allergies before setting out your selection. Be creative! Have fun!