In an effort to turn off the noise of the TV, I made a big batch of playdough. At first, Olivia wouldn't touch it with her hands, only with rolling pins, toothpicks, and plastic knives. But then she really got into it and loved it {especially when we made the elephants}. Then the kids came home from school, and they spent 3 hours playing with it at the kitchen table, I was so surprised!

Homemade Playdough

2 cups flour
2 cups water
1/2 cup salt
3 Tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
food coloring of your choice

Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and becomes doughy in consistency. Knead until cool.

Keeps 3 months unrefrigerated, and longer if it's refrigerated.