Things seem to play out a lot nicer in my head than in reality…
I decided to do a fun little craft with the three older kids. We were going to make some gluten-free, aromatherapy play dough.
So I looked online and found this recipe for gluten-free play dough with essential oils. Since this craft was in no way pre-planned, I didn’t have most of the ingredients on hand. Of course, that didn’t stop me…
I decided to substitute the rice flour for a gluten-free baking mix from Aldi, and I didn’t have Cream of Tartar so we just decided to make it without.
Things were going nicely. The kids were taking turns adding the ingredients, the dough seemed to be heating up nicely on the stove, and we were able to start kneading it on the table. I did find that I had to add some more cornstarch because it was slightly sticky. Finally, we added in a drop or two of our essential oils.
Everything was going so smoothly, so I decided to extract some pomegranite seeds while they played with the dough! While my back was turned, they decided to add a bit more salt to their creation. Yes, I probably should have put it away, so that was my fault.
I’m not sure if it was because of the excess salt or the lack of cream of tartar, but the play dough started to get pretty sticky. My hands were still in the pomegranite and the kids hands…. and feet were in the dough and the salt that fell on the floor. My youngest had also woken up from his nap around this point and added to the commotion.
…And commotion there was. The other kids were starting to get bored with their play dough and most of them were excited about the pomegranite. We ended up in a flurry of commotion, getting hands and feet scrubbed off (that stuff got pretty sticky!), salt swept up off the floor, and taking turns eating the pomegranite seeds.
My hopes for a relaxing little activity were dashed to pieces, but I really should have known. That is just the reality of crafting with kids.
I know I’m not alone in this. I’d love to hear some of your stories! Please feel free to share in the comments.
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