Playdough recipes are a great solution to kid boredom, especially when you’re camping. There are all sorts of recipes you can use. It’s easy to make them in a pot on the Coleman stove or in a bowl at the camping table. And it keeps the kids out of your hair when you’re trying to clean fish.
Mix equal parts peanut butter, honey and powdered milk. If the consistency is not quite right, a little flour can be added. You can add cereal like Cheerios or cornflakes to it for additional interest, and throwing a few candies on to the (clean!) table so they can make eyes and ears and whatnot will keep them busy for hours.
Don’t let the grown-up guys taste it–they’ll steal it right out from under your children’s fingertips.
Another edible Playdough (but this one doesn’t taste any good):
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar (don’t forget to take it along–it’s a tiny box and won’t take up any room)
3 cups water
Dissolve salt in water. Place in a medium-sized pot over a Coleman stove and add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pot. Empty out onto (clean!) table, and let cool; or put on some rubber gloves if you brought them and knead the dough until it resembles Playdough. Your best idea is to put rubber gloves on the kids and let them do it. They’ll be happy and you can go back to your mug of tea.
NOTE: Don’t leave this laying around. Even though the kids won’t like it, it is edible and may attract little creatures if left unattended. At the very least the dog will get sick from eating too much of it, so put it away in a Ziploc bag when the kids are finished with it.
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