An Easy, Cheap, and Fun Way To Chill Out
Earlier this week, for the first time, I made play-dough for my son, who’s now 2. He loved it! I think it was about 10 minutes into it that he finally stopped saying “wow!”
I thought it would be fun for him to squish it, pound it, roll it and pat it while I made dinner. I was right, he was completely enthralled.
I remember when I was young, my mom would always make this for my sisters and me. We loved it as well. We could spend hours making snails, faces, worms, turtles and anything else our imaginations would take us to. It’s been years since I’ve played with play-dough.
After dinner I sat down and had a go. And in the words of my son … “WOW!”
I had forgotten how truly awesome it is. It’s almost therapeutic. I was totally relaxed, calm and completely lost in what I was doing. It was amazing and totally unexpected. I also felt a real connection with my son and my husband while we sat there sculpting our masterpieces and just being silly.
Whether you have kids or not I urge you to whip up a batch of play-dough and play with it for even 10 minutes. It’ll be hard to put it down I’m sure of it!
My Mom’s Play-Dough Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 1 TBSP Oil
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1/2 Cup Water
- Food Coloring
Mix all ingredients, knead and play. Store in the fridge in a plastic resealable bag.
This is just another example of money not buying happiness and how the simplest things can bring such joy.
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Photo courtesy of: Gabriela Camerotti