My kids are entrepreneurs at heart, especially my 10 year old. He has no problem knocking on a strangers door and asking if they are interested in buying his wares. Over the years he’s had lemonade stands (NOT a big money maker!), gone door to door selling his art, been a dog-sitter for the neighbor, and maybe my favorite: sold homemade play-dough. It started with my Mother. She was visiting in the summer and made play-dough for/with my boys. Somehow this fun activity morphed into her helping them make half a dozen batches of dough, packaging it up, and sending them of with a wagon full to sell door to door. They repeated the process the following summer and then again last year we did it for a neighborhood farmer’s market. I vowed after that one (because I made the dough alone) it would be the last time but we’ll see what happens this summer!
The thing that makes it a good product to sell is it’s such great quality. It is 100% edible (though very salty to the taste), super smooth, and VERY long-lasting. There are a million variations of this recipe on the internet and I’m not sure where it came from originally. I wish I could give the creator of this recipe proper credit. I got the instructions from my Mom, who has probably made hundreds of batches over the years. She makes it the best, like only a Mother can, but if you can’t buy it from one of her adorable grandchildren out of a rusty red wagon you should get the next best thing and make it yourself.
Best Play-Dough EVER!
1 Cup Flour 1/2 Cup Salt 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar 1 Cup Water Food Coloring (optional) 1 Tablespoon Oil
Put dry ingredients in saucepan. Stir water and food coloring together. Add oil. Pour slowly into pan. Cook (over medium heat, stirring continuously) until mixture forms a ball. Let cool on counter until manageable. Knead until smooth and soft. Store in an airtight container to enjoy for months to come!
My boys are already brainstorming new ideas on how to make lots of money this summer. I suggested washing toilets but they aren’t as into that idea. 😉 We’ll see what happens, but as far as play time goes, there will definitely be play-dough!