Take time to unwind with playdough craft


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Take some time to unwind with a fun craft, or a nice snack.

Stress relief is an important part of self care and these days especially, it can be hard to stop and relax. Things such as stress balls or fidget spinners are popular toys that people use to de-stress. If you’re looking for something fun to do while you take a break from Zoom classes, here is a craft you can do that can help relieve some tension. 


“Edible” PlayDough 

For this recipe you will need: 114cups of flour, 112teaspoons of cream of tartar, 14cup of salt, 112tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 cup of boiling water and one packet of Kool Aid mix. First, combine the flour, cream of tartar, salt and Kool Aid mix in a bowl. Stir it together. Then, add in the vegetable oil. Lastly, pour in the hot water. 


Stir it all together again then take it out of the bowl and knead it (like you knead bread) for about eight minutes or until it comes together to form a dough. You may need to add more flour as you go if it is too sticky. 


Once it forms a dough, you’re done. This is a good tool to have around while you’re on a Zoom call, watching TV or when you just need something to keep your hands busy. 


Note: While this PlayDough is edible, it does not make for a good snack. It is only really edible in the sense that if your child were to get some in their mouth, they would be okay. 


(Actually) Edible PlayDough 

Unlike the first recipe, this one actually tastes good and makes a good snack as well as a stress relieving tool. 


For this recipe, you will need: 12cup dried milk, 14cup of honey, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar. First, put the peanut butter, powdered sugar and the dried milk in a bowl. Mix them together. Then, add in the honey. You might need to add more honey if it gets dry and crumbly. 


Once it forms a dough, you can play with it immediately or put it in the fridge. To keep fresh, either store it in an air-tight plastic container or seal it in plastic wrap. 


These recipes provide a good distraction from life’s everyday stresses and make a good activity to do with family. 

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