This is so good that it has to be shared. I’ve discovered a great new website featuring a family that I think would get along great with mine. Green and Crunchy is the adventures of Sheri and her family as they lead an organic, vegan, frugal life. And they have a great recipe for homemade play doh that fits perfectly into a frugal, organic life. I’m bookmarking this so that I can come back to it in a couple years when my son is ready to play with play doh. I love the idea of using vegetable dyes. Whenever I peel beets for my green smoothies, I am struck by the fact that I could dye anything I wanted with the beet juice (which takes a while to wash off my hands). I can picture our family using beets, swiss chard, sweet potatoes, and blueberries to make awesome colored play doh.
Our son’s favorite toy at the moment is a little saucepan and a spoon. I put him on a quilt on the kitchen floor with the pan and the spoon, and he entertains himself for quite a while. I know that eventually we’ll be getting real toys for him, but for now, he’s perfectly content to just discover the things that we already have. All we have to do is make sure that we give him safe, sturdy things to play with – other than that, it doesn’t really matter what they are.