With Canada Day tomorrow I thought what a perfect time for this post!
One thing I think everyone enjoys is getting mail when you are not expecting it, of course this does not apply to bills…yuck! I personally love creating parcels to surprise family and friends. So when I found out that my cousin who now lives in Germany was expecting his first child, my sisters and I came up with the idea to send him a Canada themed surprise baby parcel. This was so much fun to come up with ideas of what to purchase or create especially knowing that our very proudly Canadian cousin would appreciate everything in it however cliche it was.
What we had come up with was a homemade knit Hudson Bay inspired baby blanket, crochet Moose, anorak jacket and not pictured baby wrap moccasins. We also purchased cute Hudson Bay baby mitts and tea towel, mini moose license plate, baby hat, two of our favourite (non Canadian) authors, Robert Munch mini books and of course the classic Maple Syrup.
Although it reached them a little after he made his early arrival, it was a wonderful surprise for the growing family.
I always found it odd when people would purchase play dough because growing up my mom would always make it. So for this upcoming Easter I decided to make some homemade play dough to give to some friends.
This recipe is not only super easy to make, it also lasts a minimum of 6 weeks, but can last longer if you keep it wrapped up well and in an airtight container.
Will last at least 5-6 weeks and longer if wrapped up well and stored in an air tight container.
You can add glitter or other textural elements in addition to food colouring.
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 cup Salt
- 4 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- 2 cups water
- Food Colouring
- If you are wanting to make the entire batch one colour you can add the food colouring to the water before mixing the water and oil with the above mixture.
- You can colour one batch several colours after cooking it by kneading the colour into the dough.
In a medium pot combine flour, salt and cream of tartar.
Mix in the water and oil and cook on medium heat stirring constantly for about 4 minutes or until the dough doesn’t stick to the back of the spoon.
If making play dough into several colours then let the dough cool a little and divide dough into the amount of colours you want to make ( I suggest 3). Knead colour into the dough by either placing the dough and food colouring into a plastic bag and knead until dough is fully coloured or by kneading on a covered surface while wearing plastic gloves.
Once cooled completely place the dough into ziplock bags or wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.
Happy creating everyone!