Whether or not we have children or grandchildren, the benefits of adding a bit of play and lightheartedness into our day can’t be denied.

Getting outside is great, but when we’re staying indoors, here are a couple of  ideas.

Make play-dough – This No-Bake Play-dough Recipe comes from Caroline Gravino via PBS for Parents.


Large mixing bowl

1 cup water

4 cups flour

2-4 tablespoons cooking oil

1.5 cups salt

Food coloring

Glitter (optional)

Directions: Place water in mixing bowl. Add food coloring (blue + red = purple or follow any other color combination on the food coloring package) and stir well.

Add flour, stirring, and then salt, stirring well to combine.

Add oil, starting with 2 tablespoons and increasing to 4 if needed (additional can be added later, too, if the mix is too dry and crumbly).

Add generous amounts of glitter, if using, and mix well. Knead with hands until a soft dough is formed.

To store the dough, roll into small balls and keep in a plastic bag or container.

Make puffy sidewalk chalk – Bring some color to your neighborhood.


Large mixing bowl

1 cup water

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon dish soap

5 to 10 drops food coloring or washable paint

Directions: Place water and flour in mixing bowl, stirring well until there are no lumps. Stir in the dish soap. Add food coloring (yellow + red = orange or follow any other color combination on the food coloring package) until the color of your choice is achieved and stir well.

Pour mixture into a squeeze bottle and start creating sidewalk art.

This recipe does not save well (and will explode if left in a closed container) so use it up the day it is made.

Purchase or download coloring pages. There are many downloadable coloring pages available. Baby Yoda fans will enjoy this: vulture.com/2020/01/baby-yoda-coloring-book.html.

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